Human Rights Day 10 December – The United Nations

December 10 is Human Rights Day, a United Nations (UN) campaign that calls for people to know and push for their rights no matter where they are in the world.

Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day

Protecting Our Rights

Human rights are our basic rights or freedoms. They include our right to live, our right to health, education, freedom of speech and thoughts, and equal rights. Some groups organize protests on Human Rights Day to alert people of circumstances in parts of the world where human rights are not recognized or respected, or where these rights are not considered to be important.

Cultural events and photo exhibitions are also held to inform people, especially today’s youth, of their rights and why it’s important to hold on to them.

What’s Open or Closed?

Human Rights Day is a global observance and not a public holiday, so it’s business as usual.

About Human Rights Day

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted between January 1947 and December 1948. It aimed to form a basis for human rights all over the world and represented a significant change of direction from events during World War II and the continuing colonialism that was rife in the world at the time.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is considered as the most translated document in modern history. It is available in more than 360 languages and new translations are still being added.

The UN General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France, on December 10, 1948. All states and interested organizations were invited to mark December 10 as Human Rights Day at a UN meeting on December 4, 1950.

It was first observed on December 10 that year and has been observed each year on the same date. Each year Human Rights Day has a theme. Some of these themes have focused on people knowing their human rights or the importance of human rights education.

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December Social Events Date of Celebration
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National Pollution Control Day 2nd December
International Day of Disabled Persons 3rd December
Navy Day 4th December
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 5th December
Dr. Ambedkar Mahaparinirvan Diwas 6th December
Armed Forces Flag Day 7th December
Saarc Charter Day 8th December
All India Handicrafts Week 8th to 14th December
Human Rights Day 10th December
Minorities Rights Day in India 18th December
National Energy Conservation Day 14th December
National Mathematics Day 22nd December
National Farmers’ Day 23rd December
Good Governance Day 25th December
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