International Day of Human Rights Celebrated in Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta celebrated the Dec. 10 International Day of Human Rights with a ceremony in the central courtyard of the presidency, that encouraged the placing the flag of human rights in public spaces as a reminder that rights are equal.

Photos by Oscar Almeida

The ceremony was an initiative of the of the Education Commission on Justice and Human Rights, in collaboration with the Office of Cultural Projects (OPC), with attendees reading the 30 articles that make up the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Councilor Claudia Alejandra Iñiguez Rivera, president of the Building Commission for Justice and Human Rights, said that human rights “are inherent in all human beings without distinction of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion or any other condition; for those rights to be recognized and applied to someone, it is enough to be a human being.”

Sayuri Sánchez, deputy director of the OPC, explained to the audience gathered that the International Day of Human Rights came from the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly (1948), as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

“The Office of Cultural Projects, at the initiative of its founder Pilar Pérez, joined five years ago the ‘Fly the Flag’ initiative based in London,” she said. “It is a unique collaboration between artistic organizations and human rights organizations, and it was in 2018 when the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei designed the flag that represents a foot imprint, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights.”

She explained that Weiwei saw the naked footprint as a symbol that relates to anyone who has been forced to flee.

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