Human Rights Day is commemorated every year all over the world on the 10th of December. It was first announced to be celebrated every year by the United Nations General Assembly on the 10th of December in the year 1948. It is celebrated at this particular date annually to honor the United Nations General Assembly for declaring human rights universally. Human rights day was officially established in the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the 4th of December in 1950.
All the member states and interested organizations were invited to celebrate this day. The High Commissioner office of Human Rights was awarded by the Guinness World Record for the collection, translation (around 380 languages) and distribution of the worldwide announcement of Human Rights. At this event celebration, a global discussion on human rights is also hosted by the High Commissioner through social media websites.
Human Rights Day 2019
International Human Rights Day was celebrated on Tuesday, 10th December 2019. It commemorates the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948. The theme for this year’s commemoration was “Stand up for Human Rights”.
On the eve of human rights day, European Ambassador to the United States and Ambassador of Afghanistan Roya Rahmani saw the screening of the documentary “facing the dragon”. The documentary pays tribute to the men and women who risk their lives to safeguard the rights of others.
A UN meeting was held at Palais du Chaillot in Paris on 10th December. Similarly, political conferences, exhibitions, and meetings were held throughout the globe to raise awareness about human rights and their significance.
The United Nations Human Rights Association has shared a number of videos related to the people who have faced human rights violations and were rescued by the people working for the protection of human rights. The videos can be viewed on #StandUp4HumanRights and #HumanRightsDay.
On behalf of Human Rights Day in Geneva, there was women and girls driving progress program held on 10 December. Members of the Human Resource Development Department in New York participated in a live quiz to the audience, with a panel discussion on youth standing for human rights. And the photographs of the top 10 finalists of “Photography 4 Humanity Global prize”, was also displayed on this occasion.
There was also a series of 14 spotlight events that took place in seven time zones around the globe. Each event was organized with a specific theme based on the location where the event was organized. But the common emphasis was on human rights and how they help to contribute to the social development and in celebrating those who stood up for the cause.
A ‘Mobile Film Festival’ also took place in Paris in which was collaborated with the ‘YouTube Creators for Change’ program with the theme #StandUp4HumanRights, which was also the official hashtag for the campaign.
Hundreds of people joined hands and celebrated Human Rights Day in New Delhi by spreading awareness among people about human rights and its importance to society. Many social activists like Medha Patkar and Shabnam Hashmi also joined the celebration on the occasion.
How it is Celebrated
The day is celebrated by organizing political conferences, meetings, exhibitions, cultural events, debates, and many more programs to discuss all the issues of human rights. Several governmental, civil and nongovernmental associations actively take part in the human rights event celebration.
Human rights day is celebrated by deciding a particular theme to make this celebration more effective and successful. Human poverty in any country is the greatest human rights challenge. One of the major goals of celebrating human rights day is to eradicate poverty from the life of human beings and help them in getting well-being life. Various other programs including music, drama, dance, fine art and etc are held focusing to help people to learn their rights.
Most of the events held on this day are aimed to instruct people, children as well as teenagers about their human right. Some of the protest activities are also held in order to aware of the people from areas where human rights are unrecognized or disrespected.
Why Do We Celebrate and Objectives of Human Rights Day
Human rights day is the worldwide observance celebrated by people all across the world to get real rights for human beings. This day is celebrated to improve the physical, social, cultural and spiritual well being and welfare of the vulnerable group of people globally. Some of the important reasons of why do we celebrate and objectives are:
> To promote awareness about human rights among the people all around the world.
> To emphasize the endeavors of the United Nations General Assembly in order to progress the overall human rights conditions.
> To get together and celebrate in cooperation to discuss and highlight the specific issues of human rights.
> To encourage the vulnerable group of people like women, minorities, youth, poor, disabled person, indigenous people and etc to take part in this event celebration and political decision-making.
Human Rights Day Quotes
“The real struggle for us is for the citizen to cease to be the property of the state.”
“Many of us persons of the tinted persuasion care about human rights and artistic freedom too.”
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”
“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
“Laws are silent in times of war.”
“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”
“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.”
“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
“We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.”
“No matter how pathetic or pitiful, every human is fated to have one moment in their lives in which they can change their own destiny.”
“Please use your freedom to promote ours.”
“The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with.”
“Today’s human rights violations are the causes of tomorrow’s conflicts.”
“We believe that human rights transcend boundaries and must prevail over state sovereignty.”
“An injustice committed against anyone is a threat to everyone.”
“Together we can prevent genocide from happening again. Together we can make a better future for our children.”
“You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exist prior to law.”
“Remember, the change you want to see in the world, and in your school, begins with you.”
“If the prisoner is beaten, it is an arrogant expression of fear.”
“It is hard to talk about a middle ground for something that is a fundamental right.”
“Health is a human necessity; health is a human right”.
Themes of Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is celebrated with a special theme every year to raise awareness and instill the importance of human rights in the minds of the people. Following are the themes of Human Rights Day for each year:
- The theme of 2019 is “Stand up for Human Rights”.
- The theme of 2018 was “Stand Up For Human Rights”.
- The theme of 2017 was “Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity”.
- The theme of 2016 was “Stand up for someone’s rights today”.
- The theme of 2015 was “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.”
- The theme of 2014 was “Celebrating 20 years of changing lives through Human Rights”.
- The theme of 2013 was “20 Years: Working for Your Rights”.
- The theme of 2012 was “Inclusion and the right to participate in public life” and “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.