Human Rights Day is commemorated every year on December 10 across the world to recognise and empower human rights. It majorly includes social, economic, international commitments on civil and political rights and cultural rights.

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It is celebrated at this particular date annually to honour the United Nations General Assembly for declaring the human rights universally.

The day also acknowledges the advocates and defenders of human rights around the world.

Human Rights Day is celebrated by organising meetings, conferences, exhibitions, cultural events, debates and many more programs to discuss various issues related to human rights. Several governmental, civil and nongovernmental associations actively participate in the human rights day celebration.

What is Human Right?

Human rights are the right to equality, right to live, right to liberty and respect for all human beings. The Indian Constitution not only guarantees this right, but those who break it also gets punished by the court. In short, human rights are the natural rights of every person.

Human Rights Day: History

Human Rights law came into existence on September 28, 1993, in India. Afterwards, the Government of India constituted the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on October 12, 1993.

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The Commission has made its recommendations to the Government to protect the rights of children, women, elderly, ordinary citizens, and people of the LGBT community in the country. The Government has also implemented appropriate amendments in the Constitution, following several recommendations made by NHRC.

The Human Rights Day was officially adopted in the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The UN came up with a document called Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which defined the rights an individual should enjoy, despite belonging to any race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or another opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or another status. Today, the document on Human Rights is available in more than 500 languages.

According to UN tradition, on December 10 the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the field of human rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded.

As per the official website of UNESCO, it was the first United Nations agency to place the Universal Declaration at the heart of all its action, to promote it across the world through education and the media. While the Declaration is not considered to be a binding document, 60 human rights instruments were inspired to make a common standard of human rights in one day.

Human Rights Day 2019 Theme: 

This year, with the theme ‘Standing Up for Human Rights’, the UN has dedicated the year 2019 to celebrate the potential of youth who can amplify their voices and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights.

The campaign is designed to showcase how the young generation all over the world stand up against racism, hate speech, climate change, discrimination, bullying and many such issues concerning the world.

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Human Rights Day: Quotes 

Here are some quotes on Human Rights Day. Take a look. 

“The real struggle for us is for the citizen to cease to be the property of the state.”

“Many of us persons of the tinted persuasion care about human rights and artistic freedom too.”

“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

“Laws are silent in times of war.”

“An injustice committed against anyone is a threat to everyone.”

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”

 “We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.”

 “Please use your freedom to promote ours.”

 “Today’s human rights violations are the causes of tomorrow’s conflicts.”

“We believe that human rights transcend boundaries and must prevail over state sovereignty.”

 “Remember, the change you want to see in the world, and in your school, begins with you.”

“If the prisoner is beaten, it is an arrogant expression of fear.”

“It is hard to talk about a middle ground for something that is a fundamental right.”

“Health is a human necessity; health is a human right”.

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