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Theme of Human Rights Day 2019

Human Rights Day is celebrated annually all over the world on 10th December. In 1948, it was announced that Human Rights will be celebrated every year by the United Nations General Assembly on the 10th of December. This particular date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly for the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was the first global announcement of Human Rights and also one of the major achievements of the new United Nations. The aim of celebrating this day is to promote and raise awareness about Human Rights.

This day is marked by different political conferences, meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues. On the 10th of December every five years two prizes are awarded the United Nations Prize in the field of Human Rights and Nobel Prize.

Every year Human Rights Day is celebrated with a specific theme that draws attention towards the issues of human rights. Last year the theme of Human Rights Day 2018 was “Stand up for Human Rights”. The theme of Human Rights Day 2019 is “Youth Stand up for Human Rights”.

 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. We should stand up for our own rights and for others by taking action in our daily lives also to uphold the rights which protect us all.

Stand Up For Human Rights is-

*The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.

*Every day Human Rights relevant to all of us.

*Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.

*Equality, freedom, and justice can prevent violence and help to sustain peace.

*Whenever and wherever if our humanity’s values are abandoned, we all are at risk.

The theme focuses on “Stand Up for Human Rights” so this year the aim of the UN is to celebrate the youth’s potential, to raise their voices and also to engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organizes a campaign that focuses on encouraging, urge people to showcase that how youth stand up for their rights against racism, bullying, discrimination, and climate change.

Why Youth is chosen?

*To achieve sustainable development youth participation is essential.

*For positive change, youth can play a crucial role.

*Empower youth to know and claim their rights which will generate benefits globally.

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History of Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is a day when in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The formal establishment of Human Rights Day date is from 1950 after the resolution 423(V) was passed in the Assembly by inviting all the states and interested organizations to adopt every year 10th December Human Rights Day.

The Declaration is not a binding document which includes the number of political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights but, it inspired more than 60 human rights instruments which together make a standard of human rights. According to the general consent today, all the United Nations Member States on the basic Human Rights laid down in declaration which makes it stronger and emphasizes the importance of Human Rights in our daily lives.

On 10th December 2008, the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the UN Secretary-General launched a campaign for a year to focus on helping people everywhere to make them learn about their rights.

In 1952, Human Rights Day became more popular in fact the stamp of Human Rights Day was issued by the United Nations Postal Administrations which also received advance orders for approximately 200,000 orders.

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Note: – In South Africa, Human Rights Day is celebrated every 21st of March in the remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre which took place on 21st March 1960.

Importance of Human Rights Day

The importance to celebrate Human Rights Day is to improve the physical, cultural and social welfare around the people globally. Here are some objectives that why we should celebrate human rights day-

—To spread and promote awareness about human rights among the people.

—To give importance to the endeavors of the United Nations General Assembly for the progress of overall human rights.

—To bring people together incorporation to discuss the different issues of human rights.

—Encourage different groups of people like minorities, women, poor people, youth, disabled person and indigenous people to take part in the celebration and political discussion.

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How to celebrate Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is celebrated across the world to get their real rights. The UN Human Rights office and partners organize the different events to show light on human rights and also engage people for enduring the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There are different political conferences, exhibitions, meetings, and cultural events to discuss the issues of Human rights.

Some of the events are organized with an aim to instruct people children as well as teenagers about their human rights. On this day some of the people do protest activity to make people aware of the areas where human rights are unrecognized or not respected.

Swikriti Dandotia

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