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Human Rights Day - 10 December

‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’ – these are the famous words enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the most well-known global expression of human rights, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1948 and declared  inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

Human Rights Day is celebrated each year on 10 December, the date on which the Declaration was adopted. All over the world, this occasion is used to promote respect for human rights and human dignity as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.


Photo: Rohingya refugees including women and children cross from Myanmar into Bangladesh at Palong Khali in Cox’s Bazar district. October 2017. Cox's Bazar District, Bangladesh. UNICEF Photo/LeMoyne