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'Everybody a smaddy': Happy International Human Rights Day

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Stand Up for Jamaica would like to wish all Jamaicans a happy International Human Rights Day, today, December 10.

Recent revelations from the state of public emergency on in St James indicate that the fight for human rights in Jamaica has never been more urgent than at this present juncture in our history.

Discrimination has become an instrument used by both the State and the wider society to trample on the rights of marginalised individuals. Discrimination builds barriers among people, causing us to forget our common humanity. This is an ongoing struggle and so must be addressed continually.

The Jamaica Human Rights Network — a coalition of human rights groups and organisations in collaboration with the Faculty of Law at The University of the West Indies — has been executing a series of events and activities to mark the December 10 staging of International Human Rights Day, which this year commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The theme of the activities is 'Everybody A Smaddy: Born Equal in Dignity and Rights', and is aimed at affirming the dignity of all Jamaicans.

As we celebrate International Human Rights Day we acknowledge the activists and agitators who have given their lives to the cause of equal rights and justice.

In Jamaica's thrust for development, the safeguarding of human rights has to be a priority. As we stand up for someone else's rights we will become the catalyst that drives Jamaica to achieve its full potential.

Carla Gullotta

Executive director

Stand Up for Jamaica


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