World Human Rights Day – 10 December

World Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day held on the 10th of December every year.

The idea of human rights is, each one of us, no matter who we are or where we born are eligible with the same rights and freedom. Human rights are fundamental and not grantable or revocable, they are equal for every human being and they are universal.

Historical Background of Human Rights Day:

The history of human rights is quite a long one. Throughout the centuries and across the societies, religions, and cultures, world history has struggled, with defining notions of rightfulness, justice, and rights. On 10th December 1948, the UN General assembly adopted the Universal declaration of human rights.

An international committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt laid down the basis for modern international human rights law. This declaration based on the principle that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Human Rights Day Activities:

Following Human Rights day activities held in major cities of the world every year on 10th December:

  • Arrangement of high-level political conferences, meetings and cultural events/ exhibitions to address the human rights issues.
  • Award of Nobel peace prize held on the 10th of December.
  • Award of Five-yearly United Nations prize in the field of Human rights on the 10th of December.
  • Many government, private organizations, civil and social-cause institutions active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day.

World Human Rights Day Theme:

  • This year it will be the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year the Human Rights Day was celebrated with the theme “Stand Up For Human Rights”.
  • Human Rights Day theme for  2016 was “stand up for someone’s rights today”.
  • The theme for 2015 was “Our rights, our freedoms, Always”.
  • The theme for 2014 was “Every day is the Human rights Day”.

Human Rights Day Quotes:

  • All human beings are free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
  • Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights (UNESCO)
  • Peace can only last in the world where human rights are respected, where the people are fed and where individuals and nations are freed.
  • Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort; rather it concerns the basic human rights of the family, country, justice, and human dignity.


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