What is the significance of Human Rights Day?
Every year 10th December is celebrated as the Human Rights Day. The United Nations in the year 1948 adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Notably, the formal inception of the day was from the year 1950, after Assembly passed resolution 423 (v). The theme of Human Rights Day 2016 is “Stand Up for someone’s Rights”.
Here are few important things that you should know about the Human Rights Day
- It emphasizes on the relevance of Human Rights in our daily lives
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the world’s most translated document into more than 360 languages and it also holds a world record
- The aim of the Human Rights Day is to spread brotherhood. This is reflected with words used commonly Equality, Freedom , Peace , Hope and dignity
- On this day, People take to streets, use internet, and messaging services so they can create awareness about the basic rights among others
- Notably, on this day United Nation Prize in the field of Human Rights and Noble peace prize is also given
It is celebrated on different dates in different countries
In South Africa Human Rights Day is celebrated on March 21st in remembrance of Sharpeville massacre which took place on March 21, 1960. In Kiribati, Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 11th. It might get celebrated on different days, but the aim of the day is same across the world. The main idea behind the day is to empower people and make them aware about their rights.
The day is in top trends on twitter since morning. Here are few quotes on the Human Rights:
- To deny people their human rights is to challenge their humanity
- Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave
- Please use your freedom to promote ours
The theme of this year suggests stand –up for someone’s rights. So do it if know someone who really needs your help.