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Human Rights Day: reflections and greetings

Ukraine celebrated the Human Rights Day, on December 10, through big actions, events, discussions live and online. Many human rights activists, experts, representatives of CSOs expressed their opinions on this holiday, congratulated colleagues on their social media pages.

The Legal Space team collected only several reflections and opinions of colleagues from human rights community and now shares them with our readers.

Vitaly Baiev, deputy director of the Coordinating Center for Legal Aid Providing: "If human rights activity was a profession, it would be possible to recognize the Human Rights Day as a professional holiday for my numerous colleagues. But as protection of the rights is a state of mind, the holiday remains... sincere, unofficial. Human Rights Defenders, my warmest greetings to you!"

Roman Romanov, director of the Human Right and Justice Program Initiative of the International Renaissance Foundation: "I’ve worked much this year and there will be even more jobs next year. These are not the Chinese child’s words of gratitude to Santa Claus, this is the Human Rights Day in Ukraine!”

Oleksandra Baklanova, "PRO.MOVA Analytical Center”: "Human Rights Day is both the holiday and reminder to all of us of the importance of asserting our rights, neglecting which may push us to the abyss. Thanks to all human rights activists: and those who are seriously engaged in human rights activity and those who remember and take into account, doing other jobs. Till we care, we have a hope".

Olga Halchenko, coordinator of the Human Right and Justice Program Initiative of the International Renaissance Foundation: "From the conversation with my colleagues: "Protection of human rights is not just “the Day”, this is a state of mind!" All of us are a bit (and someone even a lot) human rights activists, especially recently. It is bad that there is a lot of sabotage, obstacles and treason around. It is good that it frightens no one. Congratulations to my friends!”

Igor Rynkevych, coordinator of the Committee and head of Civil Verdict League (Belarus): "Friends, colleagues, my congratulations to you on the Human Rights Day. On December 10, 1948 the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and since 1950 the world community celebrates this holiday. It isn't enough to be called a human rights activist, you become it only having a calling for it, having been just born with it. On this anniversary celebration I can look back just to remember my own human rights way".

Larysa Denysenko, Ukrainian writer, TV host: "For some years the human rights movement has not only developed physical and intellectual muscles, it’s become influential and defining. And if volunteers like osteostalemates support the backbone of the state, human rights activists can be compared to cardiologists who watch heart rate, its “right-humanity”. I am grateful to you all for your/our efforts".

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Roman Martynovsky, expert of the Regional Center for Human Rights congratulated his colleagues in his blog and wrote about pain and truth of Serbians: the tragic events that happened 20 years ago in Srebrenica.

Oleksander Solontay, political figure, founder of FRI, expert of Institute for Political Education: "Thank you! I’ve been celebrating the Human Rights Day for 18 years, therefore, though it is not my occupation, but as they say this is a serious and long-term involvement!"

Information Resource Centre "Legal Space" joins colleagues’ greetings. Human rights are a defining idea for our team, the major value and daily work!

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