Human Rights Day 2019 : 10 December | Why do we celebrate Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on the 10th of December to promote awareness about Human Rights among the people across the world. It was adopted in 1948 to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The day is celebrated to improve the physical, social, cultural and spiritual well-being and also to encourage the vulnerable group of the people globally. The official inception of Human Rights day occurred on the 4th of December in 1950 at the Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly inviting all states and organizations to adopt 10th December as Human Rights Day.
The United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UHDR) is one of their major achievements and the first global enunciation of Human Rights across the world. The UHDR is the most translated document in the world that stipulated the universal values and a shared standard of achievement for all proclaiming the inalienable rights as a human being – in spite of race, color, religion, origin, sex, birth, etc. Although it is not a binding document, it inspired over 60 Human Rights instruments which constitute an International standard for Human Rights all over the world. The day also acknowledges the advocates and defenders of human rights.
On this day, all the issues of Human Rights are being discussed through political conferences, meetings, exhibitions, cultural events, debates, and similar other activities. Most of the events that are organized are aimed at guiding the people, children, and teenagers about their basic rights for being Humans. One of the most important objectives of celebrating Human Rights Day is to eradicate poverty across the world helping them in getting a well-settled life.
It is celebrated by deciding a particular theme to make the celebration more effective and valuable. Last year the theme was “Stand Up for Human Rights”. A ‘Mobile Film Festival’ also took place in Paris in association with the ‘Youtube Creators for Change’ program with the theme #Standup4HumanRights, which was also the official hashtag for the campaign. Various programs like music, drama, dance, fine art that are focused on helping people to learn their rights as human beings are held.
Human Rights are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, as without human dignity we cannot gain sustainable development. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We must take actions in our daily lives to uphold and protect the rights that promote the kinship of all human beings. We must stand for our own rights and those of the others.
“You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exist prior to Law”
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