Human Rights Day: What is it, when did it start and why is it celebrated?

The Human Rights Day is celebrated all over the world on December 10. The day acts as a reminder of the freedoms people are entitled to regardless of their background and where they are.

International Human Rights Day 2021 is celebrated as places around the world continue to see people living without basic human rights. Human rights are designed to protect us and guide us about our own rights.

It is a poignant reminder as countries like China, North Korea, Afghanistan and Myanmar continue to abuse people’s basic human rights every day along with countless others.

Events like Human Rights Day are designed to raise awareness and remind people how fragile their freedoms can be. So what is Human Rights Day?

What is Human Rights Day?

What is Human Rights Day?

Human Rights Day celebrates the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), signed after World War II in 1948 by the United Nations (UN).

Each year has a specific theme based on a particular right or freedom established in the declaration. This year’s theme is related to “equality” and Article One of the UDHR, that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

When is Human Rights Day?

Human Rights Day takes place every year on December 10, although some countries choose to celebrate it on different days. December 10 was the day the UDHR was signed in Paris in 1948. Since its publication, it is believed to be the most translated document in the world.

In South Africa, Human Rights Day is celebrated on March 21, in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. 69 people were killed while protesting against the apartheid regime in the country at the time.

Why is it celebrated?

How we report in AmericanPost.News, the UDHR was signed in the wake of World War II, when millions of people have died in the crossfire of the bloodiest conflict in human history.

Six million Jews were also killed in the Holocaust, as were thousands of Roma along with other ethnic groups. The reckoning forced the newly formed UN to try to ensure that nothing similar happened again and that rights could not be so easily abused.

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