The 10th December sees the annual event that is Human Rights Day, this year the event is marking its 75th birthday! The milestone birthday celebrates the anniversary of the global pledge that is today known as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948.
The UDHR documents the rights that every human is entitled to regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
What is the history behind Human Rights Day?
Following the Second World War, a document was written to outline and protect every single human being’s basic rights, so in 1948 the United Nationals Declaration of Human Rights was established.
The document sets out 30 rights and freedoms that include the right to asylum, the right to freedom from torture, the right to free speech and the right to education. It is illegal to deny someone access to their basic human rights.
In the UK, the Human Rights Act 1998 sets out the rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK is entitled to. This covers women fleeing domestic abuse to those living with a disability that are seeking proper support. The act helps individuals to fight injustice and hold those accountable when rights are denied. It also ensures that all public authorities in the UK are under an obligation to treat everyone with fairness, equality, and dignity.
How our work supports the Human Rights Act
We provide specialist support to victims and witnesses of crime including sexual violence, and exploitation and our teams are all experienced at helping victims recovery from the impact of crime.
If you wish to make a referral please forward a completed VFSS Referral Form to the email/postal address as shown on the form which is available here https://hopeafterharm.org.uk/what-we-offer/victims-first-specialist-support-vfss/
Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to us first regarding a possible referral, or just to find out more about how we can support, please contact the team on 01844 487987.