Human Rights Day is internationally recognized as December 10th, marking the day in 1948 when the United Nations adopted the foundational human rights document, "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights." Hailed as the most translated document in the world, the proclamation officially declared that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."
69 years ago, on this day the @UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which changed the course of the world. We have come a long way since then. On #HumanRightsDay, let us pledge to always raise our voice against unjust practices & fight for the rights of others.— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) December 10, 2017
According to the United Nations, the document was drafted by representatives from all over the world, declaring a set of "universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations." The document lays out a framework of inalienable rights, such as the right to education, access to justice, freedom from torture, presumption of innocence, among other things.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. It establishes the equal dignity & worth of every person. Stand up for others. Raise your voice. Act to support inclusion, equality & dignity. https://t.co/OHRaWjXby8 #StandUp4HumanRights pic.twitter.com/JOvK1vRZJ3— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) December 9, 2017
Secretary-General António Guterres acknowledged in his message for Human Rights Day that the universal declaration didn't stop all human rights abuses from occurring. But he, nonetheless, said the document has been instrumental in helping people gain greater freedom and security, prevent violations, and achieve justice for wrongdoings.
But that doesn't mean that the declaration is immune from its challenges, he added.
“Despite these advances, the fundamental principles of the Universal Declaration are being tested in all regions," Guterres continued. "We see hatred, intolerance, atrocities and other crimes. These actions imperil us all."
Gearing up for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018, the United Nations announced a year-long campaign that will start at Palais de Chaillot in Paris on Sunday