17Dec

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or another opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or another status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights sets out a broad range of fundamental rights and freedoms to which all of us are entitled. It guarantees the rights of every individual everywhere, without distinction based on nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, language, or any other status.

Human Rights Day has also served as the occasion for protests and other demonstrations in support of human rights, especially in countries that have frequently been beset by allegations of rights violations. Notably, violence and the arrest and imprisonment of protesters during a Human Rights Day demonstration in Kao-hsiung, Taiwan, in 1979 contributed to the democratization process in Taiwan. Similarly, a series of massive demonstrations in Mongolia that began on Human Rights Day in 1989 helped precipitate the collapse of that country’s communist government the following year.

Written by : Rtr. Thasheera Fernando

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