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Human Rights Day observed across the World on 10 December

Dec 10, 2013 11:39 IST

Human Rights Day: 10 December

Human Rights Day was observed across the world on 10 December 2013 to bring to light the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 2013 Theme of the day is 20 Years Working for Your Rights.

NHRC in India organized a programme in New Delhi on this Day.

Human Rights Day


The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. The United Nations General Assembly in December 1993 created the mandate of High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights. This year, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights marks 20 years since its establishment.

The General Assembly was acting on a recommendation from delegates to the World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna in 1993. The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference, marked the beginning of a renewed effort in the protection and promotion of human rights and it is regarded as one of the most significant human rights documents of the past quarter century.

United Nations Human Rights Prize
The UN Human Rights Prize is given on 10 December to the individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights.

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