The world celebrates on the 10th December 2013, the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed by the United Nations General Assembly on the 10th December 1948 in Paris, Palais de Chaillot, also known as Trocadero.
Composed of thirty articles, this important document drafted by former prisoners of war, handicapped soldiers, relatives of those who died during the WWII, lawyers, liberal thinkers, religious leaders and civic movement representatives, has become a key tool in the international humanitarian law.
Liberals have been at forefront of the campaign for the adoption of human rights as stated in the Oxford Manifesto approved in 1947.
The ALN, as representative of liberals in Africa, has advocated, since its foundation, the need to celebrate the human rights declaration, not as an event but as a permanent way of living and doing politics on our continent.
As such, the ALN congratulates those countries who have embedded in their political constitutions the principles of the universal declaration of human rights.
Despite the evolution in many countries regarding the constitutional adoption of the universal declaration of human rights, the praxis shows that much more must be done.
As we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ALN urges all liberal parties to make a real commitment to integrate human rights as part of the political agenda in their countries.
The ALN leads the human rights agenda in Africa, and especially in this United Nations year of Education for Peace, invites liberal parties across the African Continent to promote and encourage any initiative aiming to disseminate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Peace means in recent days truth, equality, justice, freedom, inclusion, tolerance, participation and solidarity – all core values of human rights and of liberalism.
Indeed, Peace is the other name for Sustainable Development.
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