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Human Rights Day 2016 observed across the world

For the year 2016, the Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights.

Dec 10, 2016 07:16 IST
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10 December: Human Rights Day

The Human Rights Day 2016 was on 10 December 2016 observed across the world.  

The day aims at promoting and raising awareness of the two Covenants of Human Rights Day. They are: International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

For the year 2016, the day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights. To commemorate the day, a campaign "Stand up for someone's rights today” was launched to encourage, support and amplify what one does in one’s everyday life to defend human rights.

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Background

  • Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
  • 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.
  • UNGA in December 1993 created the mandate of High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights.
  • The first Human Rights Day was celebrated in 1950.

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