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The Every Human Has Rights campaign launches!

The Elders and partners launched the Every Human Has Rights campaign in Cape Town on 10 December 2007 to celebrate the beginning of the 60th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The campaign aimed to encourage and empower global citizens to protect the UDHR, the first-ever comprehensive agreement on human rights among nations.

Desmond Tutu addresses the audience at the launch of the Every Human Has Rights campaign.

Desmond Tutu, Graça Machel and Mary Robinson listen at the launch of the campaign.

“Human rights are not a privilege, they are everyone’s entitlement and it is an indictment of all of us that the rights of women and children are continually trampled on and ignored," said Graça Machel.

"So, as we approach the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we now have the opportunity to enforce the Declaration’s principles ensuring that every single woman and every single child enjoys the rights of all human beings”

Graça Machel, Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson listen to a speech during the launch of the Every Human Has Rights campaign.

“The UDHR’s 60th anniversary offers a chance for a global conversation about the values that unite us as one human family,” said Mary Robinson.

“But it can be more. It can also be a moment for new visions and actions rooted in the best traditions of our past.”

Desmond Tutu, Graça Machel and Mary Robinson at the launch of the Every Human Has Rights campaign.

Credit: Benny Gool | The Elders

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