Human Rights Day, December 10, commemorates the day the UN General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
It is the most translated document in the world and is available in more than 500 languages . It has inspired countries and people alike to begin treating all people with the right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. On Human Rights Day we recognize the importance of this document and the importance of human rights.
HISTORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
Human Rights Day is the anniversary of the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The popularity of the day is perhaps best demonstrated by the commemorative stamp issued by the United Nations Postal Administration in 1952, which received more than 200,000 pre-orders.
The goal of the Declaration of Human Rights is to establish a common standard of living for all people across the planet to which everyone is entitled and, in turn, to encourage all UN member states to strive to achieve that standard of living. life for the people in your country. nation.
Although rights are considered more declarative than legally binding, it is commonly recognized that they have had an impact on how human rights are perceived and that they are a force for good.
Today, each year a different theme is selected for Human Rights Day. In 2014, the theme was “Every day is Human Rights Day” and in 2016 it was “Stand up for someone’s rights today. We should remember our human rights every day, but on December 10 we should remember them a little more and embrace all those around us as equals.
CHRONOLOGY OF HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
Slavery was abolished in the United States, after Great Britain and France.
1941 to 1945
The Holocaust was a truly horrible period in history, causing the deaths of 11 million people (and many more tormented), whose lives had been deemed “unimportant” by Hitler and Nazi Germany.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted.
Finland passed the Non-Discrimination Act, a requirement for companies to promote equality and avoid discrimination of employees.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
Why is Human Rights Day celebrated?
This day was chosen to honor the founding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.
When is Human Rights Day?
What is the theme of Human Rights Day 2020?
The issue has yet to be decided.
HOW TO OBSERVE HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
Donate to your favorite human rights charity.
Is there a charity that defends human rights that really moves you? Perhaps today is the day to remember them and make a donation.
Attend a human rights event.
There are political conferences, meetings, exhibitions, cultural events and debates that take place on this day. Why not attend one and be part of the community?
Show your support for human rights.
Show your support for human rights by posting online or participating in online discussions.
5 DATA ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Lead by example
King Cyrus II of Persia, also known as King Cyrus the Great, founder of the first Persian Empire, freed slaves, established racial equality, and granted the right of religious choice.
Know your rights
Everyone has the right to leisure and holidays, paid thanks to article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Think of the children
There are currently approximately 250,000 child soldiers in the world spread over 20 countries. About 40% of these are girls who are often used as sex slaves and taken as “wives” by male combatants.
A long battle
The women’s suffrage movement lasted 17 years. To gain the right to vote, women protested (led by Susan B. Anthony and others), and governments slowly allowed it, from 1894 to 1911, before it was regulated at the federal level in 1902.
A global problem
An estimated 12 million girls marry in childhood (under the age of 16 to 18) each year, according to the latest prevalence and population figures compiled by UNICEF.
WHY HUMAN RIGHTS DAY IS IMPORTANT
People deserve to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
We are all born equal and should be treated as such. Every person deserves a set of rights by which they can live their life however they want, and without being oppressed, repressed or possessed by another person.
It reminds us of how far we’ve come.
While it is true that there is still a long way to go, we must take a moment to recognize that progress is being made and that the world is a better and fairer place for more people than it was a few hundred years ago. Let’s acknowledge that and then move on with the improvements that still need to be made.
The Declaration of Human Rights was approved by 48 member states when it was first created. That’s 48 countries that share a common belief that life should and can be better for everyone.