Ministry of Justice marks Human Rights Day
10 December 2010
Human Rights activists who speak up to stop discrimination were praised by minister Lord McNally, as he marked International Human Rights Day.
In keeping with the theme of this year's Human Rights Day - which focuses on people who work to defend human rights, and use them to end discrimination - Lord McNally commended those who speak out against all kinds of abuse and human rights violations including discrimination, exclusion, oppression and violence.
Lord McNally said: 'As the minister for human rights I value the role human rights defenders play nationally and internationally, recognising that this is often at great personal risk.
'I am proud to be part of a Coalition Government whose commitment to human rights is uncompromising.'
He added: 'In protecting and extending British liberties, the Government intends to build on our obligations and ensure that rights continue to be enshrined in British law.Just as uncompromising is our commitment to equality, which has a central place in the Universal Declaration and the European Convention on Human Rights through the prohibition of discrimination.
'These are the very principles human rights defenders across the globe strive to protect and I hope that international human rights day will contribute to inspiring a new generation of defenders to continue this vital work.'
As the Department responsible for human rights within the UK, the Ministry of Justice is committed to raising people's awareness and understanding of the scope of our human rights obligations and for contributing to the extension of our liberties. Events like International Human Rights Day play a part in recognising the importance of human rights, as well as improving public awareness.
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