[PRESS STATEMENT] International Human Rights Day 10 December 2020.

[PRESS STATEMENT] International Human Rights Day 10 December 2020.

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10 December 2020.
For immediate release:

International Human Rights Day.
“Migrant Women and Children’s Rights Are Human Rights Too”.

The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) joins human rights activists, civil society organisations and all governments including the private sector around the world in commemorating and celebrating International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2020. Globally, the year 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone regardless of one’s nationality status or race. In South Africa and the rest of the world, Covid-19 pandemic has further compounded existing inequalities exposing women and children to Gender Based Violence (GBV) To this day, many lives inclusive of Asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and children in migration have been lost due to this pandemic and gender based violence. It has been a sad year to remember for years to come. CoRMSA stands in solidarity with the families of victims of Gender Based Violence and those affected and impacted by this pandemic.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The 2020 theme is “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights”. As proclaimed by the United Nations (UN), this year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts. CoRMSA agrees with this theme and calls for the recognition and respect of Human Rights including the Human Rights of Migrant Women and Children in Migration as valuable and existing “Human Rights Too”. No one should be left behind during this process.

CoRMSA strongly believes that equal access and human rights protection for all can play an integral role in recovering from this pandemic; addressing gender based violence, inequalities and to build solidarity between the ordinary population, governments, chapter 9 institutions, private sector and civil society organisations. The UDHR states that everyone is entitled to human rights as a human being regardless of their race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is for this proclamation that CoRMSA is calling for recognition of the human rights of migrant women/ girls and children in migration as human rights too. CoRMSA further calls upon all governments around the globe to also include all non-nationals in all Covid-19 vaccination and treatment processes to promote access to health care services for all.

This Day is commemorated and celebrated in conjunction with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence which is an international campaign to challenge and address violence against women and girls. CoRMSA calls upon everyone and all institutions to stand up for human rights protection and better recovery fostering more resilient and just equitable societies free from gender based violence, hate crimes, corrective crimes, xenophobia, racism, racial discrimination and all forms of social ills. Perpetrators of these social ills must be brought to book to face the law and justice. CoRMSA says No to Gender Based Violence, Racism and Xenophobia.

Every human being has something to offer to this world, if we all stand up for equal human rights access, protection, distribution and justice for all, we can recover better and become a better society for all to belong with shared humanity. As cases of Covid-19 continues to rise, I urge all of us to continue following and practicing Covid-19 regulations of keeping social distance, wearing a mask and washing of hands regularly to save lives and protect our loved ones. Says Thifulufheli Sinthumule (CoRMSA Executive Director).

For more information: contact MR. Thifulufheli Sinthumule at thifulufheli@cormsa.org.za

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