Human Dignity and Human Rights
The Teenager Today|December 2020
December is an important month for all of us. How significant is December for you?
ALBERT P. RAYAN

Dear Friends,

Greetings! I am glad to connect with you from Chennai.

December is an important month for all of us. How significant is December for you? If I pose the question to you, you may come up with different answers: Christmas, vacation, family get-together, etc. This year, due to the pandemic, we have the new normal and you may not have the same fun that you used to have in the past.

When I was a student like you, one of my teachers asked the class this question: “How significant is December for you?” Since it was a Christian school run by the Jesuits, most students answered: Christmas. Some students said, “Vacation”. Yes, we all look forward to Christmas vacation that unites families and fills every heart with joy.

If the same question is posed to me now, I would say, “Human Rights Day”. Are you surprised? International Human Rights Day is observed every year in the month of December and so this is an important month for me. I value human rights. Almost all great leaders across the globe have talked about human dignity and human rights.

Let me conduct a quiz now to assess your knowledge of human rights. If you can answer all the five questions without referring to any source or consulting someone, you can be proud of your human rights awareness and give yourself a pat on the back.

1. On which day is the International Human Rights Day observed?

2. What are the 10 important human rights?

3. In which year was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted?

4. In which city and country does the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights have its headquarters?

5. Who is the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights?

What are human rights? Why is it important to protect them? What steps should we take to make the world a better place to live in? As young citizens and future leaders we should be concerned about human dignity and value human rights.

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