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Human Rights Day – 10 December

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Human Rights Day is observed on 10 December every year around the world.

This day focuses on educating people about human rights and their importance.

Human rights are our basic rights or freedoms. They include the right to live, the right to health, education, freedom of speech and thoughts, and equal rights for all.

This day commemorates the day when the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December 1948.

The theme of the year

This year’s theme is ‘Recover Better – Stand Up For Human Rights‘. This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts.

Here is a video from the UN. Video credit: UN Human Rights/Youtube

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said, 

“COVID-19 is a test of societies, of governments, of communities and of individuals. It is a time for solidarity and cooperation to tackle the virus, and to mitigate the effects, often unintended, of measures designed to halt the spread of COVID-19.“

We need to stand up for our rights. We should do so for others too, especially those who are in a more disadvantaged position than us!

 

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