“Human Rights are not a privilege granted by the government. They are every human being’s entitlement because of his humanity.” – Mother Teresa
Today marks an important day; a day observed to promote basic Human Rights. Human Rights are of utmost importance to us. It’s the day to celebrate the real meaning of the constitution and democracy. But it is quite horrible that most of us don’t know about our basic rights, autonomy, and democratic power. Neither do they know of Human Rights Day. Let’s learn more about this day and what it stands for.
Human Rights Day:
Every Year on December 10, the UN observes Human Rights Day as a means to honor the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It is an important day as it acknowledges every human’s right regardless of their gender, color, religion, social origin, or nationality. The declaration proclaims the expected standard of living conditions that every country should strive to achieve. While the document was suggestive and not legally binding. It inspired many countries to take a step towards the betterment of their citizens. The document’s importance empowers every human being in the world, encouraging them to seek their rights.
Human Rights are also said to be at the core of sustainable development goals. The United Nations claims that they are interdependent and driven by each other. Although, every year high-level political conferences and campaigns are organized to celebrate this day. And, Countries across the world hold various events to promote and support various Human Rights.
On December 10, 1948, the United Nations proclaimed the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a document proclaiming every human’s deserved rights regardless of their gender, color, race, sex, religion, social origin, nationality, or any other status. Therefore, UDHR is the most translated document in the world, available in over 500 languages and dialects. However, it was a huge milestone that ever since has been remembered as Human Rights Day.
How to Celebrate:
Every Year the UN chooses a theme and goal that every country should strive to achieve. This year’s theme chosen by the UN is Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights concerning the COVID-19 situation. It focuses on building back better by ensuring Human Rights are at the heart of recovery efforts. The goals set by the United Nations include ending discrimination and inequalities of any kind.
As one of the main agenda is to spread awareness about our rights, we can help by doing the same. We can spread awareness about this day in our college through various means like group discussions and debates. Many organizations that support Human Rights also coordinate such events, in which we can take part. We can also show our support by donating or volunteering for such organizations.