Human Rights Day can be traced back to 1948. This is when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, while the principles of human rights were established that year by the United Nations, it wouldn’t be until 1950 that the UN passed resolution 423, officially recognizing December 10th as Human Rights Day. This resolution invited all governments and organizations interested in human rights to observe December 10th as Human Rights Day and to do their part in fighting for human rights.
Around the world, the day was almost instantly successful with many art exhibits, displays and other events set up by the participating members. Nowadays, Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December, the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being, this, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.
The 2018 commemoration of Human Rights Day with the theme "#StandUp4HumanRights", will mark the beginning of a year-long celebration of 70 years since the international community adopted the Declaration.