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Human Rights Day

Taking place on 10th December every year.

Celebrating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Updated 1 year ago

All States and interested organisations were invited by the UN General Assembly in 1950 to observe 10 December as Human Rights Day. The Day marks the anniversary of the Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Find out more, including the theme for each year, from the UN Human Rights Day website. Human Rights Day 2017 kicked off a year-long campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration in 2018. The campaign has three core objectives: to engage audiences the world over; to help promote understanding of how the Universal Declaration empowers us all; and to encourage further reflection on the ways that each of us can stand up for rights, every day.

"The anniversary is a chance for the world to celebrate the gift of the Universal Declaration and to help reaffirm the enduring human rights principles and standards it has helped establish."

You can find more information, including video clips, resource downloads and suggestions for ways to join in and promote the campaign, on the Stand Up for Human Rights website. You can download a copy of the Universal Declaration, illustrated with colourful cartoons, at The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) has a page with background information and teaching activities for Human Rights Day. If you would like further teaching resources to help your school celebrate Human Rights Day you could browse through the ones listed under the topics of Human rights or Child rights or Discrimination. You could also read our article on Human Rights, which provides an introduction to this issue. Or get inspiration from the following case study: » Learning about rights in Year 2

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