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Milestone human rights document to have pride of place in Lord Mayor’s Parlour

28 Jun 2019
A seminal document in the history of human rights is to have pride of place in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at City Hall.

Lord Mayor Councillor John Finucane has said it is fitting that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be on display in the Parlour as it underpins the promise he has made to Belfast citizens to put rights at the heart of his term of office.

Councillor Finucane, who took over the chain of office from his party colleague Councillor Deirdre Hargey in May, has said he is committed to continuing to deliver on the ‘Belfast for All’ Charter she launched in December last year.

He unveiled the document at a meeting of the Charter Steering Group in City Hall last week.

“Promoting rights for each and every citizen of Belfast will be at the heart of my year in office, and I will continue with the good work that Deirdre started during her term,” said Councillor Finucane.

“This document represents an important milestone in the fight for rights for all, and it provides an important blueprint for ensuring we protect the human rights of each and every person, including here in Belfast.”

He added: “Today is about reconvening and resetting our focus for the year ahead because this isn’t something that can be delivered by me alone; so it’s fantastic to know I have the support of so many people from across the city in making this vision a reality.”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris in December 1948, as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations.

It set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected, and it has been translated into more than 500 languages.
Lord Mayor with United Nations charter