The International Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.
Since then, every year on 10th December, International Human Rights Day is celebrated all around the world with great joy and happiness to increase the awareness of rights for all humans. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the world. Extremist movements still happen and commit people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred are still on daily basis report. Human values are under attack. Human rights are still violated.
“Upholding human rights is in the interest of all. Respect for human rights advances well-being for every individual, stability for every society, and harmony for our interconnected world” — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
“It’s time for each of us to step up for human rights. There is no action that is too small: wherever you are, you can make a difference. Together, let’s take a stand for more humanity” — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
We all must affirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we should make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.The time to act is now, we all must stand up for the rights, for humanity.
It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.
“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
― John F. Kennedy
“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.”
― Elie Wiesel
“Today, poverty prevails as the gravest human rights challenge in the world. Combating poverty, deprivation and exclusion is not a matter of charity, and it does not depend on how rich a country is. By tackling poverty as a matter of human rights obligation, the world will have a better chance of abolishing this scourge in our lifetime… Poverty eradication is an achievable goal.”— UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, 10 December 2006