Today is Human Rights Day across the world - a day to commemorate the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations(UN) General Assembly.
And this year, the fitting theme put forward by the world body is: "Stand up for Someone's Rights Today". There are many people who need others to stand for them. If, a worrisome evolving trend that attacks the rights of many people holds firm, then, into 2017 and beyond, more and more people will be in need of others to stand for and with them in defense of the rights of humankind.
The rights of the Native Americans and other minorities in America, including Black people, Latinos, Women and members of the LGBT community, will need protecting in the future. The First Nations of Canada will need protection. Immigrants in Europe and in the United States(US), the Rohingya people of Myanmar, the human rights lawyers of China, the young independence seekers of Hong Kong, the various sects of India, Nepal, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Africa and all the tribes people of the globe, all will need someone to stand for their rights very soon.
Will each and everyone of you stand when necessary? Justice must be served, humanity must flourish, all peoples must be protected.