Human Rights Day 10th December

The date was chosen to honour the United Nations— General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations. The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on 4 December 1950, when the General Assembly declared resolution 423(V), inviting all member states and any other interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit.

In 2013, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights marks 20 years since its establishment.
The United Nations General Assembly created the mandate of High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights in December 1993. The General Assembly was acting on a recommendation from delegates to the World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna earlier the same year.

Human rights is a serious issue around the world. GENEVA (1 December 2014) – “Millions of people throughout the world, including children, are faced with persistent violations of their fundamental human rights. They are subjected to modern-day slavery, with insufficient political will and resources dedicated to lifting them out of such abhorrent conditions,” UN human rights experts have warned.
 “At least 20.9 million people are subjected to contemporary forms of slavery, with women and girls being the majority,” said Urmila Bhoola, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences, citing the 2012 International Labour Organisation estimates on the number of people in forced labour, trafficked for labour and sexual exploitation or held in slavery-like conditions.

“A further 168 million children are involved in child labour, with more than half of these doing hazardous work, posing a danger to their physical, emotional and moral well-being, including in slavery-like conditions in artisanal mines and quarries.”

Action needs to be taken now to help combat this serious problem. Raising awareness of Human Rights and Human Rights Day is the first step in that process.