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December 10, 2013
ParlAmericas Commemorates Human Rights Day

Today, December 10, ParlAmericas is commemorating International Human Rights Day.

This year, the world is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, which established the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Office of the High Commissioner is calling for emphasis on the future and the identification of challenges that will lie ahead over the next 20 years. Use the hashtag #UNRightsAt20 to take part in the online conversations today.

For a regional perspective on the situation of human rights, you can tune into a Policy Roundtable, “Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Americas,” held by the Organization of American States (OAS). Watch the live webcast at, 9:00-10:30 am (US Eastern Time).

One of the objectives of ParlAmericas is to help strengthen the role of the legislative branch in the promotion and defence of human rights. ParlAmericas members believe that inter-parliamentary dialogue is essential for strengthening the rights of citizens of the hemisphere.

For more information on the specific issues that have been discussed to date through ParlAmericas’ activities, visit our Issues page.