Human Rights Day: All Human Beings Free and Equal

Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on December 10. 

The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10 1948, guaranteeing all human beings are born free with equal dignity and rights. The declaration is one of the most significant documents of the world organisation fighting for peace and advocating achieving human rights.  

This document protects civic, political, economic, social and cultural freedoms and rights of human beings; from right to life and freedom to the right to dignity, privacy, social security and organising.   Adoption of the Declaration was a big step at the time. The Soviet countries, Saudi Arabia and the South African Republic abstained from voting.

The United Nations passed three agreements in 1966 to elaborate freedoms and rights proclaimed by the Declaration of Human Rights. 130 countries adopted the documents.  The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms was drafted and ratified by the Council of Europe in 1950, defining protection and surveillance mechanisms upon entering into force, aside from the fundamental rights.  


This year’s Human Rights Day is the last day of 16 days of activism and this date will be marked in our country through various activities. 


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