10 December is International Human Rights Day. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
for a statement from Bishop Vincent Long, Chair of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.
Fr Andy Hamilton sj reflects on this day in the following terms: "For any government, human rights can often be a nuisance. When people protest against breaches of human rights, they bring the actions of the government to scrutiny, try to prevent it from doing what it wants to do, make it rethink its plans and give it a bad reputation abroad."