Roma 10/12/2021

The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, on the occasion of Human Rights Day, has issued the following statement:


"This Day annually commemorates an event of great importance: the moment when the international community adopted the Universal Declaration, recognizing at the highest level the inviolable character of human dignity and laying the foundations for the development, over the following decades, of the system of international conventions that strengthens the mechanisms for the protection of human rights.

The theme chosen to celebrate this anniversary, "Let's reduce inequalities, advancing human rights", makes us reflect on the obstacles – extremely widespread in different parts of the world - that stand in the way of complete and effective enjoyment of fundamental freedoms by all. Persistent inequalities in political, economic and social spheres, in fact, contradict the principle of equity and generate intolerable discrimination. Furthermore, the pandemic has further broadened the existing gaps, exacerbating the condition of those who find themselves in situations of greater vulnerability.

Today we must reaffirm the universal, inalienable, indivisible and interdependent character of human rights, because their enjoyment by all is an indispensable condition for genuinely sustainable development.

Societies capable of offering everyone opportunities to fully realize their potential are more inclusive, free and prosperous, and therefore more resilient. Building and consolidating them is a difficult task, as well as a moral and legal duty which we must bear witness to every day."