High Level Conference to Mark 75th Universal Declaration of Human Rights Underway in Addis

Addis Ababa ,November 3/2023(ENA)- A high level conference to mark the 75th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights is being underway in Addis Ababa today.

The conference is taking place under the theme “Strengthening Civic Society Space & Enhancing Accountability in Ethiopia.”

Government officials from ministry of justice, commissioner of national dialogue, Ethiopian Human right commissioner, representative of UN bodies as well as diplomatic corps and civil society organizations are in attendance.

“Human Rights 75” initiative is organized by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-OHCHR) and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

At the conference, a panel discussion will be held on topic of freedom of expression and the media and access to information as tools for enhancing civic space in Ethiopia and accountability for violations of human rights and humanitarian law.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights.

Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the declaration sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

In his opening remark Ethiopian Human right Commission commissioner, Daniel Bekele said despite some challenges, Ethiopia has made significant strides to promote civic space since 2018.

For 75 years, the core ambition of the Declaration has been to infuse societies with equality, fundamental freedoms and justice.

It enshrines the rights of all human beings and is a global blueprint for international, national, and local laws and policies and bedrock of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency