One of the UN’s primary purposes is “promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion”, and member states pledge to undertake “joint and separate action” to protect these rights. In 1948, the General Assembly adopted a Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document proclaims basic civil, political, and economic rights common to all human beings, though its effectiveness toward achieving these ends has been disputed since its drafting.

Today, there are hundreds of conflicts around the world that come in between humans and their rights, that come in between families and that eventually restrict children’s opportunities for a better future. Even if more international organisations are trying to prevent and abolish the violation of rights – and they are succeeding in some regards, there are still many affected by the conflict zones and they are usually women and children.

With the occasion of UN’s 70th anniversary, the Candlelight March brought together supporters and activists of human rights who will stand in solidarity with people in conflict zones.

Organised by: European Youth for Human Rights | Empasi | btogether.be