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Human Rights Day 2010 poster

Human Rights Day 2010 poster

This United Nations poster expresses two important aspects of civil and political rights. It emphasises the point that people must have the freedom to 'speak up' – and also declares that they should be free from discrimination. The figures on the poster illustrate some of the causes of discrimination, such as age, gender, ethnicity and disability.

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Paul Rishworth, 'Human rights - Human rights: the background', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Paul Rishworth, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 28 Jun 2016