Human Rights Day marked jointly by schools in Slovakia and Romania

09 December 2010


Human Rights Day marked jointly by schools in Slovakia and Romania: The high school Business Academy Levice in Levice, Slovakia held a Human Rights Day celebration on 9 December in cooperation with the school Colegiul National Pedagogic Constantin Bratescu in Constanta, Romania, jointly supported by the UN Information Service (UNIS) in Vienna and the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Bucharest.

Following the local part of the programme, the students in Slovakia linked up by video conference with their colleagues in Romania, opening with a reading of the Secretary-General's message, followed by a presentation and discussion on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

UNIC observes International Day of Persons with Disabilities

03 December 2010
During a candlelight vigil

During a candlelight vigil

The UN Information Centre (UNIC) New Delhi led a ten-day long Human Rights Day mela at the Gandhi-King Plaza, India International Centre, New Delhi, with a hectic events calendar from 1-10 December.

On 3 December, UNIC partnered with NGO Sudinalaya, a welfare centre for homeless persons living with disability, and with the Delhi State Government, to present a photo exhibition and paintings on disability. Delhi Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Kiran Walia inaugurated the exhibit and reaffirmed her government’s commitment to supporting persons with disabilities.

UNIC National Information Officer Rajiv Chandran highlighted the efforts of voluntary organizations and government departments in assisting and rehabilitating such persons. This was followed by a candlelight vigil in support of homeless women and children living with mental disabilities.

UNIC Manila Honors Filipino “Human Rights Defenders”

01 December 2010
Model UN


In joint observance of Human Rights Day and World AIDS Day, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Manila organized a “Human Rights Defenders” Forum on 1 December at the Civil Law Auditorium of the University of Sto.Tomas.

Three Filipino Human Rights Defenders of Indigenous Peoples (IPs), Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) were given recognition in awards ceremonies that were preceded by audio-visual presentations on the awardees’ life and advocacy work.

Mr. Dave de Vera, executive director of the Philippine Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID), received the award for all Filipino IP advocates. Ms. Adeline Dumapong, the first and only Paralympics medallist from the Philippines, was the designated PWD defender. Mr. Jerico Paterno, an area coordinator for Pinoy Plus, a non-government organization staffed by HIV-positive patients and which provides counseling and care for persons living with HIV/AIDS, received the Human Rights Defender award for PLHA.

The three human rights defenders delivered messages to the audience, which was composed of students from the different colleges of the University of Sto. Tomas, one of the Philippines’ biggest and oldest private universities. A lively open forum followed, during which the students were able to interact with the awardees.

UNIC Sana’a holds Human Rights seminar with Sana'a University

09 January 2010
Women listen in during Human Rights Day Seminar at Sana'a University

Women attend a seminar at the Sana'a University

To celebrate Human Rights Day the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Sana’a together with the Sana'a University organized a seminar titled, "Human Rights: Challenges and Responsibili- ties.” University professors, members of the UN Family and students took part during the seminar.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Fagih, Head of Human Rights Centre, explained how the seminar was aimed to create awareness and practice of human rights. He explained how the Human Rights Centre intends to include in the future the principles of human rights in educational syllables.

Dr. Hatem Al-Sabahi, Deputy President of Sana'a University, encouraged students of the university to participate in Human Rights discussions and to benefit from the seminars. He finished his address by explaining how Yemen should be committed to applying the principles of Human Rights and how democracy is one of the main pillars that guarantees the rights of people.

The event concluded with a question and answer session.

Questions were asked from both male and female students of the University that dealt with the Universal Human Rights Declaration and the different International Conventions related to civil and political rights as well as economic, social and cultural rights.