Human Rights Day – observed annually on 10 December to mark the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – is an opportunity to celebrate the rights we should all enjoy, call for their promotion by people everywhere and thank those working hard to defend them – from grassroots activists to international lawyers and UN staffers.
This year the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70. In a Human Rights Day message, the UN's human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, shone a light on the progress that has been made since the Declaration was adopted:
But as Bachelet makes clear: "that progress is under threat". Violations of human rights are increasing and the very concept of human rights is under attack - not only by its critics but by some of its hitherto staunchest defenders. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in his message, said that "now more than ever, our shared duty is clear: Let us stand up for human rights -- for everyone, everywhere."
We are delighted that so many of our supporters around Britain are using the anniversary to remind people in their community that human rights matter to them too, that they are for everyone, everywhere.
Here are some ideas to help you champion human rights:
- Learn and teach about human rights: We've designed a teaching pack to help teachers and students explore human rights together
- Show your support for human rights: Purchase one of our customised UNA-UK / #UDHR70 tote bags or mugs to promote human rights. (It's an easy way to sort out any last minute Christmas shopping in one fell swoop too!)
- Get involved in our Yemen Can't Wait campaign: Take action on issues such as the crisis in Yemen by following our campaign actions
- Find out more about Human Rights Day: We've compiled a list of further resources to help you raise awareness on and around the 10 December
- What does UNA-UK do on human rights?: Find out more about UNA-UK's recent work on human rights
- Find out how the UN works on human rights: Read the chapter on human rights norms and machinery in the recently published Oxford Handbook on the United Nations, written by our Executive Director
- Hold an event or activity: Remind people in your community that human rights matter to them too by holding an event or activity. Remember to promote your event on our website and tell us how it went