Why is today Human Rights Day and what is this year’s theme?

The Houses of Parliament were illuminated to mark Human Rights Day 2022

The Houses of Parliament were illuminated to mark Human Rights Day this year (Image: Getty Images)

Today, December 10th, is International Human Rights Day – which, as usual, will be marked by events around the world.

High-level political conferences and meetings, as well as exhibitions and cultural events, are usually held on this day – while governments often organize their own events to commemorate the day.

This year’s celebrations begin next year with the 75th anniversary of the events that led to the establishment of Human Rights Day.

It is also traditionally the day where the annual Nobel Peace Prize is awarded.

But why was December 10 chosen for the occasion – and what is the theme of this year’s Human Rights Day?

Why is today human rights day?

Today has been designated Human Rights Day as it marks the anniversary of the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

According to the UN website, the document proclaims the inalienable rights to which everyone is entitled as a human being – regardless of race, skin colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status’.

Since then it has been available in over 500 languages ​​and is the most translated document in the world.

Human Rights Day was officially adopted in 1950 after the Assembly passed Resolution 423 inviting all organizations and interested states to commemorate the day on December 10th.

The United Nations Postal Administration issued a commemorative stamp of the day in 1952, which received over 200,000 pre-orders – a testament to the popularity of the idea.

What is the theme of this year’s Human Rights Day?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 75 in 2023 (Image: Getty Images)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 75 in 2023 (Image: Getty Images)

This year the theme of Human Rights Day is “Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All”.

As the Declaration turns 75 next year, the day 2022 marks the start of a year-long campaign to showcase the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by focusing on its legacy, activism and relevance.

“As the world faces new and enduring challenges – pandemics, conflict, skyrocketing inequalities, a morally bankrupt global financial system, racism, climate change – the values ​​and rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provide guides for our collective action that leaves no one behind,” , writes the UN on its website.

“The year-long campaign seeks to shift the needle of understanding and action towards greater knowledge of the universality of the UDHR and the activism involved.”

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