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"Human rights are a daily struggle," says Catherine Colonna

2023-12-10T17:08:25.335Z

Highlights: Catherine Colonna, Minister of Foreign Affairs, welcomed the progress made since 10 December 1948 when the UN adopted this Directive. Much has been achieved in terms of "entrenching the rule of law and democracy", the rights of women and children and the fight against discrimination, but much remains to be done. France will continue to play its historic role for the universal abolition of the death penalty, the minister also stressed. France was honored "to act for peace and security, and for the respect of the humanitarian conditions of populations victims of conflicts or victims of terrorism," she said.


Catherine Colonna, Minister of Foreign Affairs, welcomed the progress made since 10 December 1948 when the UN adopted this Directive.


Catherine Colonna, Minister of Foreign Affairs, welcomed the progress made since 10 December 1948 when the UN adopted this declaration at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, where the celebration took place on Sunday, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "But we must not forget that respect for human rights is a daily struggle. And that this fight is (...) far from being won," she said. "We are facing attempts to roll back rights and freedoms around the world."

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France will continue its efforts relentlessly in the face of these setbacks, "assured the minister. Much has been achieved in terms of "entrenching the rule of law and democracy", the rights of women and children and the fight against discrimination, but much remains to be done. "The President will talk about it tonight: France will continue to play its historic role for the universal abolition of the death penalty," the minister also stressed. Catherine Colonna also quoted René Cassin, one of the inspirations and drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "there will be no peace on this planet as long as human rights are violated in any part of the world."

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Let us redouble our efforts to uphold these rights and end impunity for those who violate them," she urged. The minister finally considered that "everywhere in the world", France was honored "to act for peace and security, and for the respect of the humanitarian conditions of populations victims of conflicts or victims of terrorism", alluding without however citing them to the war in Ukraine, the attacks of October 7 in Israel committed by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas or the dramatic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

Source: lefigaro

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