Human Rights Day
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Human Rights Day 2017

Human Rights Day is celebrated each year on 10 December. On 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This proclamation was one of the important achievements in the early days of the United Nations.

According to the United Nations, the rights noted in the UDHR are rights inherent to all human beings whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent, and indivisible.

Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law in the forms of treaties, customary international law, general principles, and other sources of international law.

Many united rights organizations, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights, organize special events to mark this important day. Besides human rights organizations, many civil and social organizations hold events and meetings to commemorate the day.

On Human Rights Day, the main focus is on people that suffer injustice, and human rights organizations try to raise more awareness for political prisoners and people that fight for human injustice or populations that suffer from oppression. Human Rights Defenders, for example, is an organization that has a goal to stand up to governments who threaten fundamental freedoms. Amnesty International organizes “Write for Freedom” actions for human rights activists that are imprisoned, and they hold debates on issues where the inequality between and women and the rights of LGBT people are addressed.

But the day is also to celebrate how far the global community has come and the progress that has been made on human rights. More people are now free and are lifted from poverty. So, Human Rights Day is a day for everyone to be thankful. Global organizations mark their achievements and unveil their plans for the near and more distant future.

Although the progress that is made is most critical, 10 December remains an important day to commemorate and to celebrate.