Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December every year
The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations. The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on 4 December 1950, when the General Assembly declared resolution 423(V), inviting all member states and any other interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit.
The day is normally marked both by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues. In addition it is traditionally on 10 December that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded. Many governmental and non-governmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social-cause organizations.
How it is Celebrated
The day is celebrated by organizing the political conferences, meetings, exhibitions, cultural events, debates and many more programs to discuss all the issues of human rights. Several governmental, civil and nongovernmental associations actively take part in the human rights event celebration.
Human rights day is celebrated by deciding a particular theme to make this celebration more effective and successful. Human poverty in any country is the greatest human rights challenge. One of the major goals of celebrating the human rights day is to eradicate the poverty from the life of human being and help them in getting the well being life. Various other programs including music, drama, dance, fine art and etc are held focusing to help people to learn their rights.
Why Do We Celebrate and Objectives of Human Rights Day
To promote the awareness about human rights among the people all around the world.
To emphasize the endeavors of the United Nations General Assembly in order to progress the overall human rights conditions.
To get together and celebrate in cooperation to discuss and highlight the specific issues of the human rights.
To encourage the vulnerable group of people like women, minorities, youth, poor, disabled person, indigenous people and etc to take part in this event celebration and political decision-making.
Human Rights Day Quotes
“The real struggle for us is for the citizen to cease to be the property of the state.”
“Many of us persons of the tinted persuasion care about human rights and artistic freedom too.”
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”
“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
“Laws are silent in times of war.”
“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”
“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.”
“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
“We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.”
“No matter how pathetic or pitiful, every human is fated to have one moment in their lives in which they can change their own destiny.”
“Please use your freedom to promote ours.”
“The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with.”
“Today’s human rights violations are the causes of tomorrow’s conflicts.”
“We believe that human rights transcend boundaries and must prevail over state sovereignty.”
“An injustice committed against anyone is a threat to everyone.”
“Together we can prevent genocide from happening again. Together we can make a better future for our children.”
“You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exist prior to law.”
“Remember, the change you want to see in the world, and in your school, begins with you.”
“If the prisoner is beaten, it is an arrogant expression of fear.”
“It is hard to talk about a middle ground for something that is a fundamental right.”
“Health is a human necessity; health is a human right”.
Themes of Human Rights Day
Theme of 2012 was “Inclusion and the right to participate in public life” and “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.
Theme of 2013 was “20 Years: Working for Your Rights”.
Theme of 2014 was “Celebrating 20 years of changing lives through Human Rights”.