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Human Rights Day 2018 observed across the world

This year, Human Rights Day marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that proclaimed the rights which everyone is essentially entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, national or social origin, property, or birth.

Dec 10, 2018 17:00 IST
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10 December: Human Rights Day

The Human Rights Day 2016 was observed across the world on December 10, 2018 to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

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).

Theme 2018

The Theme of the 2018 Human Rights Day was ‘Let's stand up for equality, justice and human dignity’.

70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This year, Human Rights Day marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that proclaimed the rights which everyone is essentially entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, national or social origin, property, or birth.

The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

It was drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world.

The Universal Declaration is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

When and why was the Day proclaimed?

  • The 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 organisations 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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