On this date in 1948 – that’s 66 years ago! – the United Nations General Assembly first adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This document is the first global expression of rights to which all humans are inherently entitled. (In other words, it’s kind of a big deal.)
The UDHR spans all rights including, but not limited to rights to free expression, health, security, education as well as basic freedoms from slavery, unlawful detainment, fair & public trials, and torture.
Fun fact: Did you know that aside from the Bible, the UDHR holds the world record as the most translated document? It’s true.
Here are three things you can do in honor of Human Rights Day:
1. Tell Everyone “It’s Human Rights Day!”: Don’t just keep it to yourself. Shout it from the rooftops – “Every human has rights!” or just share awesome Human Rights Day graphics like this one:
2. Make Your (Video) Voice Heard: The theme for this year’s Human Rights Day is #Rights365 – encompassing the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. The United Nations Human Rights office is encouraging its community to create and share short Vine videos that explain why human rights matters to you 365 days of the year. There are already a TON of great entries. Why not add yours to the mix? Or just check out these:
3. Support Human Rights! Nonprofits – large and small, international and domestic – need your support to keep fighting the good fight for human rights. Be sure to show a little extra love today (and every day) for human rights organizations trying to make the world a better place.