Against a backdrop of hot Ghanaian jazz music and drawings by Cambodian children
depicting aspects of human rights, the UNTAC Human Rights Component commemorated
the 44th annual International Human Rights Day with a Human Rights Day Fair.
About 10,000 children age 15 and under contributed their talents to bringing human
rights alive in art, and a grand prize winner will be selected in mid-December by
UNTAC Chief Yasushi Akashi.
The Human Rights Component and a number of NGOs working in human rights in Cambodia,
distributed free information to the fairgoers about protecting, preserving and asserting
basic human rights. The fair was held at the Human Rights Component's headquarters
on Tousamuth Boulevard
"The Universal Declaration of Human Rights spells out the fundamental, inalienable
rights of all members of the human family," said Akashi. "These rights
belong to all people regardless of their race, color, sex, language, religion, national
origin, age, financial, birth or other status."
Ghanaian soldier/musicians wowed the fairgoers with their African-inflected jazz