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    World Marks Human Rights Day

    Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, attends an award ceremony to receive her 2013 Sakharov Prize, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Nov. 20, 2013.
    Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, attends an award ceremony to receive her 2013 Sakharov Prize, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Nov. 20, 2013.
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    Countries around the world are marking International Human Rights Day.

    U.N. Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay said the fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place, but the key now is in implementing these standards when the political will and financial resources often are lacking on the ground. She also noted the past 20 years have seen a number of failures to prevent atrocities and safeguard human rights.

    The United Nations honors five rights defenders Tuesday, including a Moroccan journalist and Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai.  

    In Yousafzai's native Pakistan, authorities marked the day by promoting activities that celebrated security, peace, and prosperity.

    In Armenia, opposition groups planned a rally and a march in Yerevan to highlight human rights issues.

    The U.N. General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950.  Tuesday also marks 20 years since the signing of the Vienna Declaration, the U.N. pact that committed states to the promotion and protection of human rights for everyone.

    The right to an education, the rights of children and women's rights are all protected by the Vienna Declaration.
        
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said 57 million children worldwide do not attend school. Many of them live in conflict zones and most are girls.

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    by: Anonymous
    December 11, 2013 2:15 PM
    This would of been the best day for the world to go in to Syria and grab bashar al assad for his crimes against humanity.

    What a disgusting world we live in when the international community allows someone like bashar al assad to continue murdering and destroying the nation of Syria.

    World leaders should rejoice go in and get bashar, and then hold him accountable before the world courts for the murder of thousands, and genocide.

    by: Doug Grenfell from: London, England
    December 10, 2013 3:02 PM
    Although the UN has declared today Human Rights Day it has done little to nothing to protect human rights. Many countries that signed the Vienna Convention many do nothing in their own countries to actually promote any type of human rights. China and Russia are both members of the security council but neither allows any form of human rights in their own countries, so few other countries feel they are free to abuse their people.

    by: Wangchuk from: NYC
    December 10, 2013 10:31 AM
    While the UN has done great things in improving human rights principles and human rights in some areas of the world, it has utterly failed in Tibet. The Chinese Govt engages in severe repression of the Tibetan people since the 1950s and has turned the Tibetan Plateau into a giant police state where local Tibetans have no rights or political power. Tibetan monks and nuns have been detained for their beliefs and are viewed as subversive elements. Tibetan writers/intellectuals have also been jailed. The Party Secretary of Tibet said China the CCP will attempt to separate the Dalai Lama from Tibetan Buddhism and ban the Dalai Lama's voice from Tibet. Over 100 Tibetans have self-immolated to protest Chinese human rights violations. Yet the UN and most of the world do nothing but kowtow to China's economic influence.

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