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Dallas Celebrates Human Rights Day, Continues Equality Efforts


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Dallas celebrated Human Rights Day on Friday, December 10. The city is proud to support the values and beliefs of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

The city further established December 10 as its own Human Rights Day, coinciding with the international day of celebration. Human Rights Day in DFW will serve as a reminder of Dallas’ efforts to promote equal rights for all people.

International Human Rights Day was founded on December 10, 1948, when the United Nations first implemented the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The focus of the Declaration’s thirty articles is justice, freedom, and “peace in the world.”

Article One begins with the statement, “All humans are born free.” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that all humans are entitled to certain rights regardless of their gender, nationality, religion, language, or any other status.

Human rights are described as fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed to all people, no matter their beliefs, values, cultures, or opinions.

“Dallas is a strong, diverse, and welcoming city,” Mayor Eric Johnson stated in a press release. “While we still have significant work ahead of us as we build a more equitable city, I am confident that the people of Dallas are up to the task.”

The plan for upholding human rights extends to raising awareness of disabilities, security, safety, human trafficking, education, jobs, and freedom of choice, whether in religion, political stance, or any other facet of life.

“Human Rights Day in Dallas affirms our commitment to recognize and address the value of people and cultures in our community,” added Liz Cedillo-Pereira, Chief of Equity and Inclusion. “In partnership with our community partners, we stand together to fight against hatred, racism, and intolerance of all kinds.”

Last year, the Office of Equity and Inclusion hired its first human rights officer, LaToya Jackson. She commented on the human rights initiatives Dallas implemented in 2020.

“ADA Compliance, veteran’s rights, domestic violence, human trafficking, and mental health awareness are just some of the efforts we are undertaking to advance human rights in Dallas.”

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