“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced,” said Malala Yousafzai in I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.
December 10th was adopted as Human Rights Day in 1950 after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) stating an invitation to all States and interested organizations. This day commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United Nations Human Rights has a High Commissioner, who is a representative for the world’s dedication to universal ideals of human dignity and continues the celebration of this day.
There are 13 stand-alone offices around the world including Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, Guinea, Mauritania, Mexico, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Kosovo (Serbia), Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Yemen. There are also 12 regional offices that cover East Africa (Addis Ababa), Southern Africa (Pretoria), West Africa (Dakar) Central America (Panama City), South America (Santiago de Chile), Europe (Brussels), Central Asia (Bishkek), South East Asia (Bangkok), Pacific (Suva) and the Middle East and North Africa (Beirut). The countries that are occupied with offices must accept the terms and conditions of having human rights protection and promotion.
Human Rights Day is about celebrating the most basic right in a person’s life. Join the celebration from around the world and join the conversation!
Want to join the conversation on December 10th?
Use the hashtags #VoiceCount #HumanRightsDay to see what everyone is talking about!
For more information on human rights, check out the following links:
UN Human Rights Day
Human Rights Campaign
Haugen, David M. and Susan Musser, eds. Human Rights. Detroit : Greenhaven Press, 2013. Print.
Call number: 323 H880 2013
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Call number: 323 Or345 2002
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Plevak, David J. Human Rights : Theory, Developments, And Ethical Issues. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers, Inc, 2013. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 8 Dec. 2015.
Klug, Francesca. "A Magna Carta For All Humanity: Homing In On Human Rights: The Defence Of Human Rights Is A Crucial Part Of Contemporary Politics." Soundings 60 (2015): 130. Literature Resource Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2015.
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