10th of December - International Human Rights DayEnlarge image Ambassador Görgens supports the Human Rights (© Embassy)
Human rights are principles that are usually protected as legal rights in national and international law. On the December the 10th 1948, the UN proclaimed its “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. They are commonly understood as fundamental rights to which a person is entitled because she or he is a human being, and which apply regardless of their nation, location, language, religion, ethnic origin or any other status.
The German government supports the respect for these universal rights. And Ambassador Görgens participated in the Human Rights challenge.
A challenge for a logo
There are 7 billion people living on this planet, all of them are carriers of human rights – and yet we have no way of transcending all borders to communicate this universal bond.
A universal symbol, the Human Rights Logo can help to draw attention to human rights violations and give a voice to those fighting for their rights. The initiative “A Logo for Human Rights” has now filled this gap! .
15.375 logo submissions from over 190 countries. A prominent international jury (including human rights defenders such as Aung San Suu Kyi, Ai Weiwei, Muhammad Yunus, Michael Gorbatchev and Jimmy Carter) chose the Top 10, out of which the internet community selected the winning logo.
On 23 September 2011, the Human Rights Logo was unveiled in New York. The winning design is by Predrag Stakic of Serbia and combines the shape of a hand with that of a bird. It is now available to everyone at no cost as an open source product for the promotion and protection of human rights.