December 10th shines blue for International Human Rights Day. The observance is held annually across the globe to mark the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today kicks-off a year-long campaign to mark the 70th Anniversary of its signing. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to annually observe December 10 as Human Rights Day.
This year’s Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! To commemorate the 70th Anniversary, throughout the year, the United Nations is organizing events and activities to be held around the world including in Paris, New York, Antananarivo, Canberra, Dakar, Islamabad, Jakarta, Lima, Lusaka, Mexico, Moscow, Ouagadougou, Panama, Port of Spain, Pretoria, Tehran and Yerevan.
Twenty four landmarks from around the world will light up bright blue serving as beacons of hope today thanks to The Human Rights Watch organization. From New York to Sydney, Taipei to Toronto, the world will glow blue in solidarity with the global human rights movement and the principles and values that Human Rights Watch works to defend throughout the year – like human dignity, nondiscrimination, and justice for all.
STAND UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. 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 — equality, justice and dignity — and promote the kinship of all human beings.