Chile on International Human Rights Day

December 10, 2019
Communications Colunga Foundation

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Each year, the commemoration of this day gives us the opportunity to reflect on humanity and the challenge of eradicating poverty, inequality, violence, exclusion and discrimination globally.

How do human rights originate?

In 1945, after the horrors of World War II, many nations ended up in ruins and millions of people devastated. The world only cried out for peace. This is how 51 countries met in San Francisco, United States, to sign a document that created a new organization: United Nations.

One of the greatest achievements of this international organization was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  and creation of a comprehensive regulation that universally protect all people, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion or any other condition. Among the thirty human rights, the right to life and freedom are included; not to be subjected to slavery or torture; to freedom of opinion and expression; and at an adequate standard of living, all of which must be guaranteed by the attached States.

What is Chile about Human Rights?

Recently, in September 2015, an important plenary meeting was convened in New York, convened by the United Nations General Assembly, where 170 countries of the world, including Chile, pledged to cooperate to work towards a global goal of Sustainable development without precedents. A joint action plan that allows humanity to move towards a more prosperous society and that ensures common well-being during the next 15 years, through the 2030 Agenda, where it is recognized that Human rights are essential to achieve sustainable development.

However, when we only have 11 years left to reach the compromised goal, the circumstances in Chile threaten this path. During the last weeks, various reports of international human rights organizations they have denounced that thousands of people have been victims of abuse and excessive repression due to social manifestations, as well as keeping our country in the 7th place in the ranking prepared by the World Bank Group of the 10 most unequal countries in the world.

It is everyone's duty to continue working, now more than ever, for not deviating from our horizon towards a country and a more inclusive, equitable and fair world.

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