Human Rights Activists Join Forces to Honor the Right to Democracy

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United for Human Rights, a non-profit organization that assists educators, organizations and governmental bodies to implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, join forces with activists to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights honoring the Right to Democracy.

Human Rights Walk in tribute of Human Rights Day

Human Rights Walk in tribute of Human Rights Day

In these times of escalating global difficulties and dangers, it is befitting and necessary that every citizen examine the true meaning and intent of what a democracy is and the freedoms it bestows."

Human Rights Activists from Tampa Bay, Puerto Rico and Cuba, are coming together to speak out on the Right to Democracy at an event on December 10th to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Universal Declaration).

This Universal Declaration is an international document that states basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled including the Right to Democracy laid out in Article 21 which reads:

  • Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
  • Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
  • The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedure

Sponsored by United for Human Rights, the event is to be held in the historic Ybor Square, current home of the Church of Scientology Tampa and will be followed by a Human Rights Walk in tribute of Human Rights Day.

"In these times of escalating global difficulties and dangers, it is befitting and necessary that every citizen examine the true meaning and intent of what a democracy is and the freedoms it bestows," stated the President of United for Human Rights in Tampa, Gracia Bennish.

Speakers for the event include:

  • Baptist Pastor Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, Cuban Human Rights Activists and member of the newly formed Cubanos Unidos de Puerto Rico
  • Daniel Alvarez, 2015 TBO Hispanic Man of the Year and president of the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Hispanic Advisory Council
  • Guillermo Toledo, coordinator of the National Cuban Gathering organized by Cubanos Unidos de Puerto Rico

Also speaking is former U.S. Congressman from South Florida, as well as lifelong defender of human rights, Lincoln Rafael Díaz-Balart who stated, ““The right to self-determination must be cherished and protected. It can only be effectively exercised through free and fair, periodic, multi-party elections, and the Rule of Law. In other words, the right to democracy is sacred.”

To learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights visit http://www.humanrights.com/#/home.

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