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EASF Joins the World in Commemorating the International Human Rights Day

EASF LogoEASF Joins the World in Commemorating the International Human Rights Day

7th December 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

Press Release

International Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10th December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 2018 commemoration of Human Rights Day will mark the beginning of a year-long celebration of 70 years since the international community adopted the Declaration. We celebrate all our inalienable rights and freedoms including a right to education, a decent living, health care and a right to live free from all forms of discrimination among others.

Despite the efforts to protect and defend human rights, the hostility towards human rights and those who defend them continues to rise everywhere in the world including our Eastern Africa region. As a result, this year’s Human Rights Day advocates for everyone to stand up for their rights and those of others. The day also acknowledges the advocates and defenders of human rights around the world.
To mark this occasion, the Director of the Eastern African Standby Force (EASF) is calling on all governments to take immediate corrective action to address the issues of human rights violations and to uphold the values and principles of human rights. Citizens in the Eastern Africa region have the duty and obligation to protect, promote and defend human rights. EASF is mandated to promote peace and security in the Eastern African region and consequently uphold the values of human rights and fundamental liberties. Let us be united in the promotion and protection of human rights.


Dr. Abdillahi Omar Bouh

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