Human Rights Day Date in the current year: December 10, 2016

Human Rights Day In 1950 the UN General Assembly adopted a decision to designate December 10 to be Human Rights Day. This international observance was established to celebrated the declaration anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

Adoption and declaration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights became the first major achievement of the United Nations, that had been established in 1945. Before that there had been no single document protecting rights of every human being regardless sex, race, nationality, religion or political affiliation. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights became the basis for development of the international legislation concerning human rights, including International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Human Rights Day is traditionally marked by political conferences and meetings, cultural events and exhibitions dedicated to human rights issues, held in every member-state of the UN. Additionally the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are presented every 5 years to the outstanding people, who dedicated their work and life to protection of human rights and peace.

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