December 10: Human and Animal Rights Day

December 10: Human and Animal Rights Day

Heritage & Traditions

By Irasema Pessoa

Human rights are inalienable rights that belong to all human beings, regardless of their race, sex, nationality, language, religion, ethnic origin or any other condition.

On December 10, since 1950, Human Rights Day the date has been celebrated every year, coinciding with the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, approved in 1948.

There is currently a list created by the United Nations (UN), which defends the right to life, freedom, education, work and many others, which must be respected without any discrimination. Also on this day is celebrated, by various organizations and animal protection associations, since 1997, the International Day of Animal Rights, to prevent mistreatment of these living beings, and to raise awareness about the importance of their lives.

During this day events are held in many cities around the world to raise awareness and reflect on the respect that should be observed towards all feeling beings, thus giving value to the famous phrase of Mahatma Gandhi when he said a country or civilization can be judged in the way they treat their animals.

In Cuba, both human and animal rights have high relevance and citizen responsibility every day. In the case of animal rights, the inclusion of a Law in favor of animal welfare within the statutes of the Constitution of the Republic is currently being approved.