Miami Dade College to Illuminate Freedom Tower Blue on Human Rights Day Dec. 10

MDC joins global effort to cast light on iconic buildings around the world on Human Rights Day 

Miami, Dec. 3, 2018 Miami Dade College (MDC) will illuminate its historic Freedom Tower bright blue at sunset, Monday, Dec. 10, in support of Human Rights Day 2018. This year, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, MDC joins other iconic buildings around the world in a display of support for human rights. The buildings include the Empire State Building in New York; the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada; the London Eye; the John Hancock Tower in Chicago; and Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

The movement to turn global landmarks blue was initiated in 2012 by Human Rights Watch (HRW), one of the world’s leading human rights organizations. In lighting the Freedom Tower blue, MDC, a long-time proponent of immigrant rights and equal education opportunities, joins forces with Human Rights Watch to honor Human Rights Day and support its mission to promote rights and justice around the world.

Human Rights Day celebrates the adoption in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. The Universal Declaration delineated, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The declaration has since been translated into over 500 languages.

Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization founded in 1978, with an office in Miami.  The organization is known for its accurate fact-finding and impartial reporting in about  100 countries, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local groups. Its more than 480 staff members based around the world work tirelessly to end human rights violations by investigating and exposing abuses, pressing for policy changes to improve human rights, and seeking to bring abusers to justice. Human Rights Watch does not accept government funding. For more information, please visit

MDC awards more associate degrees to minority students than any other institution in the United States under the leadership of its president, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, who has become the most recognized and effective national voice for access and inclusion in higher education during his 40-year career at the college. Dr. Padròn, a Cuban immigrant, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2016 and is a member of the Miami Circle of Friends of Human Rights Watch.

The Freedom Tower is a long-standing symbol of immigration and freedom in Miami, having served as a newspaper headquarters and a Cuban refugee center before becoming a museum under the management of MDC.


WHAT:        Freedom Tower Goes Blue for Human Rights Day


WHEN:       Monday, Dec. 10, at sunset


WHERE:    Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd.


HRW Media Contact: Emma Daly, HRW director of communications, 212-216-1835,, @HRW and @HRW_Miami.