Human Rights Day

December 10

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion…”

— from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10 is Human Rights Day…

The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, in 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was the first global enunciation of human rights.

Voice of America – Human Rights Day 2009 – Discrimination

The Declaration, signed in Paris, France, goes beyond “life, liberty, and security of person” (Article III) to demand 30 specific rights, many of which even the most developed nations still struggle to provide six decades later…

“Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.”  — Article XXVI

Each year on Human Rights Day, groups organize demonstrations around the globe to bring attention to issues and areas where the rights are in question. Also on or around this day, the United Nations awards individuals its UN Human Rights Prizes.

Declaration of the Rights of Man, French forerunner of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

International Human Rights Day Marks Progress & Setbacks – Voice of America

2 Replies to “Human Rights Day”

  1. I think you should put more ‘updated’ comments about this. Some smaller human rights issues, like the banning of minaret. People tend to view the bigger issue and forgot about the smaller one that can lead to something big.

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