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Statement by President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella to celebrate Human Rights Day

Scritto da il 10 Dicembre 2023

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The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella (foto di Francesco Ammendola – Ufficio per la Stampa e la Comunicazione della Presidenza della Repubblica)

 

Politica – The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, released the following statement to celebrate Human Rights Day:

 

«Today marks the 75th anniversary of the approval of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General AssemblyNow as then, the importance of that document consists in prioritizing the inalienable dignity inherent in individual human beings over the exercise of power. This has enabled the construction of an international architecture based on respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of every human being.

Italy has heartfeltly joined the celebration campaign promoted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, being aware that this important anniversary falls in a period characterised by serious and systematic violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that offend the conscience of the women and men of the world.

The recognition and the protection of the supreme value of human dignity enshrined in the Constitution constitutes an irrevocable necessity for the Republic, anywhere and at any time. Without human rights – universal and interdependent – there can be no liberty or justice, lasting peace, or sustainable development.

In the light of the challenges that characterise our times, it is our duty to reaffirm with renewed determination the principles that – regardless of political, economic, or cultural contexts – represent a moral obligation and a bulwark of civilization for us all».

 


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