On 10 December, the world will celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the end of World War II, when huge atrocities were committed, the UN decided to create an instrument to represent those victims and preserve the rights of all the citizens in the world. This declaration establishes that freedom, justice and peace in the world are based on recognising the essential dignity as well as the equal and inalienable rights of the entire human community. Developed by representatives of different legal and cultural origins from all of the world’s regions, the Declaration was signed on 10 December 1948. It recognised the rights of all human beings, no matter their race, colour, religion, gender, political opinion or national origin. This is the most translated document in the world, and it is available in over 500 languages.
In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, whose role was essential in the creation of the Declaration: “Where, after all, do universal rights begin? It’s in the small places, close to home, so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any world map. Unless these rights have a significance there, they have little meaning anywhere else. Without concerted citizens’ actions to keep them alive close to home, we will be aiming in vain for progress in a wider world.”
Here in Ibiza we have the opportunity to be a good example of this for the rest of the world. On this island people from different countries, religious beliefs, cultures, ethnic groups, political ideologies, skin colours, opinions and sexual preferences all live together. These differences are seen as a positive addition to our society and generally we all live in peace and freedom.