[UN-NGO] Stéphane Hessel has just died at the age of 95. He has given up his fight and will no longer come to Geneva where he participated regularly in each Council on Human Rights.
Stéphane Hessel, tortured during World War II, survived the concentration camps of Buchenwald and Dora, worked closely on the editing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
He was literally “married” to this cause and tirelessly spent his entire life to promote and defend Human Rights throughout the world.
His short book, « Time for Outrage!” addressed each one’s conscience and invited the whole world, especially youth, to take a stand against discrimination, inequality and indifference. To the end, he supported important and unpopular subjects such as migration and racism.
When he came to the Human Rights Council three times a year we had the opportunity to visit him, to listen and speak with him. I remember two themes to which he always returned:
– educate about Human Rights and defend them, defend them, defend them…
– demand and repeat that the principals of Human Rights be applied before opening other ways.
“Stéphane Hessel was a great world figure in Human Rights,” declared Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights.
GOOD BYE, Stéphane Hessel and THANK YOU.
Geneva, 1 March 2013.
Sister Monique JAVOUHEY, DC
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