Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day History

Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10th each year and is marked by speeches and activities designed to bring attention to the issues surrounding Human Rights worldwide. The United Nations issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10,  1948.

Facts about Human Rights Day

  • The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights was one of their first declarations and came about after the atrocities perpetrated upon humans during World War II were brought to light.
  • Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. - Abraham Lincoln
  • America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense... human rights invented America. - Jimmy Carter
  • I have cherished the ideal a democratic and free society... it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. - Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, who was imprisoned from 1964-1990.

Human Rights Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Educate yourself on current human rights fights.
  • Get involved with a local human rights organization.
  • Hold a candlelight vigil for someone who has had the human rights violated.
  • Make a donation of time or resources to a human rights organization, either locally or globally.
  • Attend an Amnesty International Human Rights Event.

Human Rights Day References and Related Sites

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