Stand Up for Someone's Rights


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UNA-USA and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) have partnered to promote the new “Stand Up for Someone’s Rights” campaign in 2017-2018. The goal of the partnership is to empower a new generation of people in the U.S. to creatively amplify what they do in their daily lives to defend human rights as well engage their decision makers on human rights.

The “Stand Up for Someone’s Rights” campaign is inspired by former First Lady and UNA-USA trailblazer Eleanor Roosevelt and her famous observation: “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.” Launched by the UN Human Rights Office, the campaign is a reminder that human rights “start with each of us” and our communities standing together against intolerance, injustice, and discrimination. At its heart “Stand Up” seeks to raise awareness about the essential role of human rights in people’s everyday lives, and encourages people to support the human rights of others, in their communities and with their decision makers.  In doing so, says the UN Human Rights Office, “local actions can add up to a global movement.”

Download the UNA-USA Stand Up For Someone's Rights digital toolkit.

UNA-USA is providing financial awards to its community and campus chapters to host “Stand Up” events with a focus on human rights. See below for the application and how to apply.

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  • commented 2017-06-03 06:33:34 -0400
    Read and share the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    Make a video of yourself with a friend talking about why you believe human rights matter (e.g. non-discrimination, gender equality or freedom of expression). Promote stories on your social media about people that you know have stood up for rights. Donate to organisations that support victims of human rights abuses. Join public events in support of human rights – online and/or in the street. Volunteer with a group that promotes human rights defenders.