Human Rights Day observed across the world

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Who: Human Rights Day
Where: Across the world
What: Observed
When: 10 December 2015

10 December: Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day was on 10 December 2015 observed across the world.  It aimed to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants of Human Rights Day- International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

On the occasion of the day that marks 50th anniversary of these two International Covenants, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office launched Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always, a year-long campaign to shine a light on the inalienable and inherent rights of global citizens.

The Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always campaign revolves around the timeless themes of rights and freedom and the relevance of the work that continues in securing and ensuring them.

At its core, FREEDOM underpins the International Bill of Human Rights– freedom from fear, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom from want.

Background

• Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
• In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.
• UNGA in December 1993 created the mandate of High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights.
• The first Human Rights Day was celebrated in 1950.