United Nations Human Rights Day has been marked in Eastbourne.
On Saturday (10 December) a public information stall was set up in Terminus Road, Eastbourne.
Human Rights Day commemorates the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has become the basis of much human rights legislation ever since. Its values are enshrined in the UK's own Human Rights Act.
Members of community groups across Eastbourne prepared and manned the information stall. The United Nations Association Eastbourne provided much of the information material for the stand. The town’s Bangladeshi community was there to raise awareness of the persecution and human rights abuses inflicted upon the Rohingya community by the government of Myanmar. The Eastbourne People's Assembly Against Austerity was there to highlight the United Nations report which stated that the UK has breached the human rights of disabled people through changes to their welfare support, pushing many of them into poverty, social isolation, or severely restricting their access to employment.
Andy Durling, from Eastbourne Friends of the Earth, who helped out at the stall, said, "It feels great to celebrate the human rights that are so important to our quality of life. I salute the work of Mozmil Hussain, a local councillor who has done so much to make this event happen, and hopefully we can put on this event in Eastbourne every year from now on. It was great to see our stall get so much favourable attention from local people throughout the day."