AP PHOTOS: World marks Human Rights Day

By The Associated Press
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Activists and supporters of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) hold torches as they participate in a protest march to mark International Human Rights Day in Srinagar, India, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. More than 68,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the outbreak of the insurgency in the region in 1989. Pakistan, Kashmiri separatist leaders and human rights groups have been demanding a reduction in India's military presence in Kashmir. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

NEW YORK (AP) — The United Nations marked Human Rights Day on Monday by declaring that everyone has the right to be heard and to shape the decisions that affect their lives and communities.

"International law is clear: No matter who you are, or where you live, your voice counts," U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the day.

Minorities speaking out for themselves during protests included anti-war activists in Kabul, Afghanistan; exiled Tibetans in New Delhi and Rajasthan, India; and activists in Myanmar opposing a recent police crackdown on demonstrators there.

In Argentina, President Cristina Fernandez oversaw a fireworks display on Sunday, a day ahead of time, during a rally celebrating the 29th anniversary of the nation's return to democracy.

Here, in images, are scenes from World Human Rights Day as marked by people from around the world: