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Human rights = a right that is believed to belong justifiably to every person

December 10 is Human Rights Day.


  • How is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights relevant today?
  • How is Human Rights Day translated in other languages?
  • How is Human Rights Day celebrated?
  • What is the overlap between the Global Goals and human rights?

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.
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Recommended listening
Reassessing the narrative of universal human rights – Radio National – Can a reassessment of the history of human rights help us explain current threats to personal freedoms

Elsewhere on the Web

Around the World
Mexico: Bartolomé Carrasco Briseño Regional Center for Human Rights

New Publication: Illustrated edition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
This illustrated edition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is published by the United Nations in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. The book – available online as a PDF – was designed in a partnership between the artist Yacine Ait Kaci (YAK) creator of Elyx, the United Nations Regional information Centre (UNRIC), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – Regional Office for Europe (OHCHR).


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