Recently, President of India graced and addressed the Human Rights Day celebration, organised by the National Human Rights Commission.

 

About the ‘Human Rights Day’

  • Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10th December.
  • It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights sets out a broad range of fundamental rights and freedoms to which all of us are entitled. It guarantees the rights of every individual everywhere, without distinction based on nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, language, or any other status.
  • Although the Declaration is not a binding document, it inspired more than 60 human rights instruments which together constitute an international standard of human rights.
  • 2022 Theme: Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All

 

About Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed under UNGA resolution 217 A in Paris. It set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.
  • It states that ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.’
  • It entitles everyone to all the rights and freedoms and prohibits slavery and slave trade in all forms.
  • Other rights recognised under the declaration are right to a nationality, right against arbitrary arrest, detention or exile, the right to seek asylum from prosecution, the right to freedom of movement and residence, etc.
  • The Universal Declaration is not a treaty, so it does not directly create legal obligations for countries. However, it is an expression of the fundamental values which are shared by all members of the International community.
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights holds the Guinness World Record as the most translated document.