Human Rights Day is celebrated on the 10th December every year to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which was adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948 as the common standard of achievement for mankind.
The Declaration recognizes that the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family are the foundation of justice, freedom and peace in the world. It reaffirms the faith of the people of United Nations in the fundamental human rights.
This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign marking the 50th Anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
These Covenants were adopted by the United Nations’ General Assembly on the 16th December, 1966. The slogan of this year’s Human Rights Day – ‘Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always’ aims to promote and raise awareness about these Covenants.