Twenty-three landmarks across the globe to shine bright blue on December 10, 2017, to celebrate Human Rights Day.
Human Rights Watch has arranged it.
In a report, the human rights body said from New York to Sydney, Taipei to Toronto, the world will glow blue in solidarity with the global human rights movement and the principles and values that Human Rights Watch works to defend throughout the year – like human dignity, non-discrimination, and justice for all.
“This is a crucial time to spotlight the universal principles and values of the human rights movement,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “When basic freedoms are under threat, this global expression of solidarity is an act of defiance, a call to action to oppose those who want to turn back the clock on human rights.”
Countries across the globe honour Human Rights Day each year to mark the adoption in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Human Rights Watch staff members are engaging the public in many of the more than 90 countries where they work to start meaningful conversations in communities about the importance of human rights, and what we can all do to protect them.
Since 2013, the New York City’s Empire State Building – home to the Human Rights Watch global headquarters – has lit its spire in blue lights to commemorate Human Rights Day. This year, the following landmarks around the world will shine blue
Empire State Building, New York (US)
Freedom Tower, Miami (US)
John Hancock Tower, Chicago (US)
San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco (US)
3D Toronto Sign at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto (Canada)
CN Tower, Toronto (Canada)
Jet d’Eau, Geneva (Switzerland)
Beirut National Museum, Beirut (Lebanon)
Sydney Opera House, Sydney (Australia)
Paulskirche, Frankfurt (Germany)
Taipei 101 and 12 surrounding buildings, Taipei (Taiwan)
“Illuminating these iconic buildings embodies how the human rights movement shines a spotlight of shame on human rights violations wherever they occur,” Roth said. “The lighted buildings are beacons of hope for people around the world who are fighting for their rights.”