Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Human Rights Day was officially established in the meeting of United Nations General Assembly on 4th of December in 1950. This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. #StandUp4HumanRights is the global campaign launched on for year 2018.
It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. Human rights are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as in the absence of human dignity we cannot drive sustainable development. UNESCO was the first United Nations agency to place the Universal Declaration at the top of all its action and to promote it across the world through education and the media.
It is a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.
About National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India:
- The NHRC is an embodiment of India’s concern for the promotion and protection of human rights.
- The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India is an autonomous statutory body established on 12 October, 1993.
- The statute under which it is established is the Protection of Human Rights Act (PHRA), 1993 as amended by the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Act, 2006.
- The Commission is composed of a chairperson and six members. (The chairperson has to have been a chief justice of the Supreme Court)
- The NHRC is the National Human Rights Commission of India, responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights, defined by the Act as “rights relating to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution or embodied in the International Covenants”.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
– Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 1)