International Human Rights Day!

Empire State Building and CN Tower
Celebrate Human Rights Day and Human Rights Watch 2013

As many of you know today is Human Rights Day. The UN first established this day to highlight the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all people and nations. This year we are thrilled to announce that two iconic buildings—New York’s Empire State Building and Toronto’s CN Tower—will be shining HRW blue to commemorate Human Rights Day, and in recognition of Human Rights Watch’s 35 years of work worldwide to protect and promote human rights.

“We’re delighted to see New York’s landmark building highlighting the work of Human Rights Watch,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “We hope the blue light will inspire everyone to think about the importance of safeguarding human rights at home and abroad.”

Headquartered in the Empire State Building, Human Rights Watch’s 400-plus staff, in more than 90 countries, work to end human rights violations by investigating and exposing abuses, and pressing the powerful to bring about change and hold abusers to account. The HRW Student Task Force stands with Human rights Watch and the victims and activists who prevent discrimination, uphold political freedom, protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and bring offenders to justice.

Thank you for celebrating and working for universal human rights around the world!

In solidarity,
STF Team, Pam, Nancy, Kristin, Noelle, Jess and Liz

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