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7 December 2018

On the 10 December the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) turns 70. All over the world, the occasion will be used to promote, engage and reflect on the UDHR. 

70 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Declaration as a common standard of achievement for all people and nations, setting out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be protected universally. For the past seven decades, it has been the cornerstone of the international human rights system, helping to protect the rights of children, women, victims of torture, people with disabilities and many more. It has inspired dozens of treaties, hundreds of organisations and countless grassroots activists.

But across the world, human rights abuses persist. Attacks on human rights defenders are increasing and hard-won gains in protections are being rolled back in every continent. The very concept of human rights is being questioned, including by some of its staunchest defenders. The UN’s human rights chief Michelle Bachelet recently said that we urgently need a "pushback on the pushback" against human rights. 

There are many things you can do to champion human rights this month. Here are some ideas to get you started: