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Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

On October 17, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the Third Committee deliberations of the Seventy-third Session of the General Assembly on Agenda Item Agenda Item 74 (a, b, c), dedicated to the theme of the "Promotion and protection of human rights."
In his statement, Archbishop Auza called for the dignity of the human person to be central to every aspect of the work of the UN and to ensure that human rights always imply responsibilities, fulfilled through concrete commitments and actions, not just through ideas or words. He said that any ideological system that assigns more value to the strong and healthy, while discarding the weak and the vulnerable, leads to grave inequality and injustice, often ignoring children in the womb and treating the lives of the elderly, migrants or people with disabilities as expendable and burdensome to society. Instead principles are needed that promote the good of the entire human family, respecting the dignity of each human person, no matter how vulnerable.

The statement can be found here.