Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10 around the world to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document is available to read in at least 500 different languages and is considered the most important document in the world.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 in Paris. Until then, there was no globally recognized document that could guarantee the rights of every person on earth – something that became increasingly important due to the wars and atrocities taking place around the world. The document was the result of hard work by many human rights activists and intellectuals to create a comprehensive document that could guarantee the rights of everyone. The final version was adopted by 48 out of the 58 UN member states, and today, all countries of the world support the document.
- The first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, was involved in the development of the Declaration.
- The preamble of the Declaration lists the reasons for its creation.
- The Declaration consists of 30 articles which guarantee the value of every human life and the equality of society.
- Each year, the holiday has a different theme.
How to take part
To take part in Human Rights Day, find out what events are happening in your city, such as exhibitions, conferences, or marches. Learn more about your rights and share the information with your loved ones. Post about the holiday on social media and support those whose rights are still being infringed. Consider donating to a charity to support the cause.
When is Human Rights Day celebrated in 2023?
Human Rights Day is observed on December 10 each year.