HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: DECEMBER 10, 2013

 

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

Quick Facts

Human Rights Day is an occasion for people worldwide to know and consider the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Local names

Name Language
Human Rights Day English
Día de los Derechos Humanos Spanish
יום זכויות האדם Hebrew
يوم حقوق الإنسان Arabic
세계 인권 선언일 Korean
Internationaler Tag der Menschenrechte German

Human Rights Day 2013 Theme: “20 Years Working For Your Rights”

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Human Rights Day 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The United Nations’ (UN) Human Rights Day is annually observed December 10 to mark the anniversary of the presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

Many schools and libraries have books that educate people about human rights.

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What do people do?

Events focused on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are held worldwide on and around December 10. Many events aim to educate people, especially children and teenagers, on their human rights and the importance of upholding these in their own communities and further afield.

The day may also include protests to alert people of circumstances in parts of the world where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not recognized or respected, or where the importance of these rights are not considered to be important. Cultural events are also organized to celebrate the importance of human rights through music, dance, drama or fine art.

Public life

Human Rights Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted between January 1947 and December 1948. It aimed to form a basis for human rights all over the world and represented a significant change of direction from events during World War II and the continuing colonialism that was rife in the world at the time. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is considered as the most translated document in modern history. It is available in more than 360 languages and new translations are still being added.

The UN General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France, on the December 10, 1948. All states and interested organizations were invited to mark December 10 as Human Rights Day at a UN meeting on December 4, 1950. It was first observed on December 10 that year and has been observed each year on the same date. Each year Human Rights Day has a theme. Some of these themes have focused on people knowing their human rights or the importance of human rights education.

Symbols

The UN symbol (an azimuthal equidistant projection of the globe centered on the North Pole surrounded by olive branches) is often associated with Human Rights Day. Copies of the whole Universal Declaration of Human Rights are also regarded as symbolic of Human Rights Day and are often distributed on or around December 10.

Human Rights Day Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Mon Dec 10 1990 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Tue Dec 10 1991 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Thu Dec 10 1992 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Fri Dec 10 1993 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Sat Dec 10 1994 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Sun Dec 10 1995 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Tue Dec 10 1996 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Wed Dec 10 1997 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Thu Dec 10 1998 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Fri Dec 10 1999 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Sun Dec 10 2000 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Mon Dec 10 2001 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Tue Dec 10 2002 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Wed Dec 10 2003 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Fri Dec 10 2004 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Sat Dec 10 2005 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Sun Dec 10 2006 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Mon Dec 10 2007 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Wed Dec 10 2008 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Thu Dec 10 2009 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Fri Dec 10 2010 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Sat Dec 10 2011 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Mon Dec 10 2012 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Tue Dec 10 2013 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Wed Dec 10 2014 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Thu Dec 10 2015 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Sat Dec 10 2016 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Sun Dec 10 2017 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Mon Dec 10 2018 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Tue Dec 10 2019 Human Rights Day United Nations observance
Thu Dec 10 2020 Human Rights Day United Nations observance

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