From December 9 to 10, 2014 the Human Rights Ambassadors of Africa Conference will hold at the United Nations Headquarters, UN Plaza, New York, USA. This program is designed to enlist and empower individuals and organizations in the advocacy for the protection of human rights. It shall be held in celebration of Human Rights Day, which is on December 10.
Human Rights and the United Nations
The provisions of the United Nations Charter provided a basis for the development of international human rights protection. The preamble of the charter provides that the members “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the equal rights of men and women” and Article 1(3) of the United Nations charter states that one of the purposes of the UN is: “to achieve international cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion”.
Human rights are “commonly understood as inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being.” Human rights are thus conceived as universal (applicable everywhere) and egalitarian (the same for everyone).
The situation of human rights in Africa is generally reported to be poor, and it is seen as an area of grave concern to governmental and non-governmental observers. Many nations have at least nominally recognized basic human rights for all citizens, though in practice these are not always recognized. Extensive human rights abuses still occur in several parts of Africa, often under the oversight of the state. An overview of the state of affairs and considerations towards practical implementations for development will be the focus of this conference.
Program of Events
a) Workshop: Conference room meeting to generate plans, analyses and designs to support the protection of human rights in Africa.
b) Lecture: Interactive session with UN officials on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN agenda.
c) Visitation: Guided tour of the United Nations Headquarters.
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