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Human Rights Day

December 10 is Human Rights Day, a United Nations (UN) campaign that calls for people to know and push for their rights no matter where they are in the world.

Women's demonstration for civil rights and healthy environment in Goa, India.

Protecting Our Rights

Human rights are our basic rights or freedoms. They include our right to live, our right to health, education, freedom of speech and thoughts, and equal rights. Some groups organize protests on Human Rights Day to alert people of circumstances in parts of the world where human rights are not recognized or respected, or where these rights are not considered to be important.

Cultural events and photo exhibitions are also held to inform people, especially today's youth, of their rights and why it's important to hold on to them.

What's Open or Closed?

Human Rights Day is a global observance and not a public holiday, so it's business as usual.

About Human Rights Day

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted between January 1947 and December 1948. It aimed to form a basis for human rights all over the world and represented a significant change of direction from events during World War II and the continuing colonialism that was rife in the world at the time. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is considered as the most translated document in modern history. It is available in more than 360 languages and new translations are still being added.

The UN General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France, on the December 10, 1948. All states and interested organizations were invited to mark December 10 as Human Rights Day at a UN meeting on December 4, 1950. It was first observed on December 10 that year and has been observed each year on the same date. Each year Human Rights Day has a theme. Some of these themes have focused on people knowing their human rights or the importance of human rights education.

Human Rights Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015ThuDec 10Human Rights DayUnited Nations observance
2016SatDec 10Human Rights DayUnited Nations observance
2017SunDec 10Human Rights DayUnited Nations observance
2018MonDec 10Human Rights DayUnited Nations observance
2019TueDec 10Human Rights DayUnited Nations observance
2020ThuDec 10Human Rights DayUnited Nations observance
2021FriDec 10Human Rights DayUnited Nations observance
2022SatDec 10Human Rights DayUnited Nations observance
2023SunDec 10Human Rights DayUnited Nations observance
2024TueDec 10Human Rights DayUnited Nations observance
2025WedDec 10Human Rights DayUnited Nations observance

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