Human Rights Day

Observed annually on December 10th, Human Rights Day is a day in which the world recommits itself to protecting the fundamental human rights of all people, as well as their basic human freedoms. This observance day is almost always observed by the many participating governments by them holding political conferences and exhibitions that relate to various human rights issues of the day. It is also the day in which the UN Human Rights Prize is awarded, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize.

History of Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day can actually be traced back to 1948. This is when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, while the principles of human rights were established that year by the United Nations, it wouldn’t be until 1950 that the UN passed resolution 423 – officially recognizing December 10th as Human Rights Day. This resolution invited all governments and organizations interested in human rights to observe December 10th as Human Rights Day and to do their part in fighting for human rights. Around the world, the day was almost instantly successful with many art exhibits, displays and other events set up by the participating members.

Human Rights Day Customs & Observances

Every year, the United Nations holds a different theme for this holiday. For instance, in 2003, the theme was “Know Your Human Rights.” In 2010, the theme was “Speak up, Stop Discrimination” and in 2015, the theme was “Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always.” Organizations and governments around the world use Human Rights Day to bring attention to various human rights issues.

At many universities all across the United States, panels and discussions are set up to bring attention to Human Rights Day and to investigate some of the human rights issues that are taking place all over the world. Many student activists also use this day to bring attention to human rights issues and to mobilize their fellow students to work toward a resolution of these problems.

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