This day, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ever since, Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was the first global enunciation of human rights and a milestone proclamation of the new United Nations. The proclamation, which is a document translated in more than 500 languages in the world states that everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Also Read - UN Chief Gueterres Calls For 'Global Ceasefire' to Unite Nations Against Coronavirus Pandemic
The day, which calls for people to know and push for their rights no matter where in the world they are, will be celebrated with the theme “Stand Up For Human Rights” this year. Each year, a theme is decided to to make this celebration more effective and successful. The principles of the Declaration stand as relevant today as they were back in 1948. Also Read - 'UN Secretary-General Saddened by Reports of Casualties in Delhi, Following Situation Closely,' Says Spokesperson
Taking to Twitter and other social media handles, leaders across the world have been posting about the significance of the day and pledging their support and protection for the rights of fellow humans. Among the Indian politicians to talk about the day on Twitter were tweeples including Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, and Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan. Also Read - ‘LPG Price Increases Due to High Consumption During Winters, Likely to Come Down Next Month,’ Says Pradhan
The day, which is a global observance, is celebrated by organizing political conferences, meetings, exhibitions, cultural events, debates and similar programs to discuss all the issues of human rights. Several governmental, civil and nongovernmental associations actively participate in the celebrations held today.
One of the major goals of celebrating the Human Rights Day is to eradicate the poverty from the life of human beings and help them in getting the well-being life. This is in lieu of the fact that human poverty in any country is the greatest human rights challenge.
Other programs held in the day include music, drama, dance, fine art etc which focus on helping people to be aware of their rights and stand up for them. For people coming from areas where the human rights are unrecognized or disrespected, certain protest activities are also held in order to make them aware too.
While the dignity of millions has been uplifted after the Declaration came into being, the rights and dignity of millions still remain at stake. While its promise is yet to be fully realized, we need to take the responsibility of the action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings. Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity, for our own rights and those of others.