December 10th is Human Rights Day and the United Nations are celebrating the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was through the transforming power of social media that people were able to show their strength and fight for their rights. This is why Navanethem Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be hosting a global conversation streamed live on Facebook, Twitter and Weibo.
In addition, the UN is collecting wishes from everybody on the “celebrate human rights” Facebook page.
This magazine, that draws awareness to current problems of freedom of movement and discrimination on grounds of nationality, has wished for the adoption of a World Passport.
The current system of national passports divides the world into people who are able to travel freely and others who don’t – and this just on grounds of their nationality.
That means, just because you are lucky enough to have a e.g. Danish, Japanese or German passport means that you won’t be subject to fill in forms asking demeaning questions and very often you won’t have to pay for your visa, unlike citizens e. g. from Iraq, Thailand or Egypt.
This is highly discriminating.