International Human Rights Day


As we approach another Human Rights Day it reminds us of a universal protection that most people are not even aware that they actually have rights, Human Rights 365 days a year. This being my third year (still waiting for my first pay cheque 🙂 ) supporting the United Nations International Human Rights Day campaign, Human Rights Day 2014 #Rights365 and International Human Rights Day 2013 or you can find it below also which I am now updating and every year to date, I have seen progress, there is still a long way to go, but only with our continued persistence and determination will we conquer.  Terry.K ❤


erooseveltHuman Rights Day December 10, 2015, It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.

smiley-santa-emoticonThe two Covenants, together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights (PDF), setting out the civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.

5140334483865600“Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” aims to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary. The year-long campaign revolves around the theme of rights and freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear — which underpin the International Bill of Human Rights are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted 50 years ago. For more this year’s theme and the year-long campaign, see the website of the UN Human Rights office.


Human Rights Day ~  December 9, 2013 is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The formal inception of Human Rights Day dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested organizations to adopt 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day. When the General Assembly adopted the Declaration, with 48 states in favor and eight abstentions, it was proclaimed as a “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”, towards which individuals and societies should “strive by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance”.

Navanethem Pillay
Navanethem Pillay

Although the Declaration with its broad range of political, civil, social, cultural and economic rights is not a binding document, it inspired more than 60 human rights instruments which together constitute an international standard of human rights. Today the general consent of all United Nations Member States on the basic Human Rights laid down in the Declaration makes it even stronger and emphasizes the relevance of Human Rights in our daily lives. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, as the main United Nations rights official, and her Office play a major role in coordinating efforts for the yearly observation of Human Rights Day.

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