International Human Rights Day is annually observed on December 10. It marks the day when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in the year 1948.
This year Human Rights Day will kick off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70thanniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
About the document
- The document, regarded as one of the world's most profound and far reaching international agreements, is the most translated document in the world too
- It is available in more than 500 languages
- It was drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world
- The declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all people and all nations
- It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person.
- The document proclaimed the inalienable rights of every human being regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
- In 1993, an autonomous public body, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India, was found for the protection and promotion of human rights, which works on rights relating to life, liberty, equality and dignity of an individual.