Engage

Join us in expressing your commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights.

Public

Speak out/up when another’s rights are at risk or under attack.

  • If you see someone being harassed, bullied or ridiculed on the street, on public transportation, while shopping or at school, stand with them.
  • Use social media to stand with people who are facing reprisals for defending human rights e.g. activists, indigenous leaders, environmentalists, lawyers, trade unionists, journalists, etc.
  • At work, in school, around the dinner table, help someone whose voice is rarely heard to share their views.

Stand with others’ human rights.

  • Take the human rights pledge
  • Join public events in support of human rights - online and/or in the street.
  • Volunteer with a group that promotes human rights defenders.
  • Promote stories on your social media about people that you know have stood up for rights.

 

Call on leaders to uphold human rights.

  • Lobby your government to uphold rights: sign related petitions; lobby your legislators to pass human-rights friendly laws and to repeal unfriendly ones.
  • Urge your employer to sign up to the Global Compact on Business and Human Rights; promote celebration of human rights in the work place (e.g. non-discrimination, family friendly policies, decent working conditions, equal pay for equal work).
  • Urge your community’s leaders (e.g. religious, local, sporting, cultural leaders) to make public commitments to human rights.

National and local authorities

  • Adopt national plans of action for advancing human rights.
  • Mark the commitment of your country/region/city to human rights through an official proclamation.
  • Strengthen national structures for the promotion and protection of human rights.
  • Have your President, Ministers, Ambassadors and other civil servants to take the human rights pledge and make a commitment to human rights
  • Review national legislation in order to bring it into conformity with international human rights standards and ratify all international human rights treaties.
  • Take steps to have the UDHR translated in your national languages, if it has not already been done.

Civil Society and international organisations

  • Launch an advocacy campaign to advance human rights in a given country or on a specific topic.
  • Engage cities in the anniversary campaign, where you have offices on the ground or through your HQ, to stress the importance of human rights in other parts of the world.
  • Encourage your constituents to take the human rights pledge.

Private Sector

Media

  • Encourage your audience to take the human rights pledge and take action for rights.
  • Develop new programmes & documentaries with a human rights angle.
  • Establish an award for excellence in human rights reporting.
  • I will respect your rights regardless of who you are. I will uphold your rights even when I disagree with you
  • When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will stand up
  • I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.

people have stood up for human rights

We can all be Human Rights Champions

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