December 10: Human Rights Day

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On December 10, 1948, the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in an effort to help define equal rights that all humans on the planet deserve and can help the world achieve lasting freedom, justice and peace. In 1950, Human Rights Day was officially declared by the United Nations. It is celebrated on December 10th each year and is marked by speeches and activities designed to bring attention to the issues surrounding the most pressing Human Rights issues worldwide.

The UDHR, a document drafted by representatives from all regions of the world, which outlined fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The Declaration contains 30 articles that touch on rights to freedom, justice, peace, dignity, education and health care, amongst other rights.