- Experts call for return to original intentions of human rights
- 75 years on many still experience severe violations of fundamental rights
NEW YORK (26 June 2020) – Today marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. ADF International holds a presence in New York and Geneva engaging on many levels with the world’s largest inter-governmental organization and a number of its Member States working to protect fundamental freedoms and promoting the inherent dignity of all people.
“On its 75th anniversary, we urge the United Nations, world leaders, and the international community to make use of this inter-governmental organization as a platform to promote the inherent dignity of all people and to protect fundamental freedoms across the globe. Sadly, we have witnessed a derailing of the human rights project through ideological agendas that do not share global consensus. On its 75th anniversary, the United Nations should ensure that all countries help revitalize the integrity of the human rights project and return to its original intentions,” said Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International.
The United Nations at 75
Countless individuals suffer from the denial of their rights. In Europe, medical staff are forced to choose between their faith and their profession, parents are hindered from freely directing the education of their children, and freedom of speech is being curbed by “hate speech” laws. In Asia, many are persecuted because of their faith as anti-conversion and blasphemy laws are restricting the right to religious freedom.
Recent reports by various national governments highlight the intensity of global persecution. According to a Pew Research Center study, there were incidents of harassment of Christians in more than two-thirds of all countries. A report commissioned by the British Foreign Office outlines the persecution of Christians all over the world. It concludes that they are the most persecuted religious group in the world and reveals an increase in the phenomenon.
On the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Paul Coleman and Elyssa Koren wrote an essay titled The Universal Declaration and the Distortion of Human Rights.