International Human Rights Day is a holiday that’s observed worldwide on December 10th. The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate and promote the basic human rights we all should enjoy. It’s a day that celebrates the common standard of freedoms and basic rights that every human being on the planet should enjoy. A standard that should be observed without any distinction made for where the person lives, their gender, ethnic or national origin, language, religion, or nationality.
The History Of International Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day originally began with formal inception in 1948 after the UN Assembly passed Resolution 423 (V). This resolution invited all relevant organizations and States to adopt the 10th of December of every year for this holiday.
Facts About Human Rights
To drive home the importance of human rights, we’ve listed some facts about human rights that we think that everyone should know about, particularly if they’re thinking about observing this holiday.
- The United Nations declared that Internet access is a basic human right in 2011.
- Over 120-million children have never had the chance to go to school or were forced to leave school.
- In 2015, the death penalty in four countries was abolished.
- There are over 300,000+ child soldiers fighting in wars and armed conflicts all over the world.
- Approximately 82% of all countries tortured or treated people badly.
- At least 18-countries around the world committed war crimes in 2018.
- Approximately 28 countries have laws that ban abortion, even in cases of rape or when the woman’s health or life is in danger.
- Almost 80 countries in the world have laws used to criminalize consensual sex between adults of the same sex.
- About 75% of all governments in the world restricted freedom of expression including freedom of the press.
Observing International Human Rights Day
Because this day is an observance and not a public holiday, most businesses and government agencies will have their normal business hours on this day. People wishing to observe this holiday can do so by volunteering or donating to agencies that help people secure or keep their human rights. You can also spread the word about this holiday by using the hashtag #InternationalHumanRightsDay or #HumanRightsDay.