Declaration or Decoration of Human Rights?
On December 10, the world celebrates Human Rights Day, as exactly on this day in 1948 a milestone document was signed – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But, after 73 years, are the rights and freedoms proclaimed in the Declaration guaranteed in practice? We analyze it in the material below.
The ICF “Alliance for Public Health” has launched a regional information campaign “Declaration or Decoration of Human Rights?” to draw public attention to the glaring number and variety of human rights violations in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, especially concerning the most marginalized groups of society vulnerable to HIV and tuberculosis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the human rights situation in the region: during 2020-2021 the REAct system registered more than 6,000 cases of violation of rights, stigma, and discrimination in 7 countries.
“Declaration or Decoration of Human Rights?” information campaign, based on evidence collected through REAct and the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, illustrates that the rights of vulnerable groups continue to be violated ubiquitous in practice. Analytical reports have been published on the website https://react-aph.org, which reflect the main trends and nature of offenses, and also offer specific recommendations to improve the situation in each country.
The most common offenses are discrimination, misconduct, law enforcement violence, denial of access to health services, disclosure of health information and stigma from health care workers, physical violence against women by sexual partners and relatives, as well as by police officers.
Coordinator of the REACT system in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and author of the campaign idea, Victoria Kalynyuk shares her impressions: