Everything to Know About Human Rights Day 2023

The theme for Human Rights Day 2023 is: "Freedom, Equality and Justice for All''
Humans Rights Day 2023 marks 75 years since the UN adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Humans Rights Day 2023 marks 75 years since the UN adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • On December 10, 1948, the UNGA adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Human Rights Day 2023 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the landmark declaration.
  • 'Freedom, Equality and Justice for All' is the theme for the observance this year.
Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10 every year to commemorate the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly.
The UDHR, which laid down the fundamental rights that all people are entitled to, regardless of their race or religion, aside from being the first global declaration of its kind, was a ground-breaking achievement of the United Nations due to the involvement of women and representatives of the Global South.
“Disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,” the preamble states.

Human Rights Day 2023

"Freedom, Equality and Justice for All" is the theme adopted for Human Rights Day this year.
It serves as a reminder that these principles are universal against the backdrop of ongoing wars, persecution of certain communities and unequitable access to justice.
“Now, more than ever, it is time for human rights,” UN Human Rights Chief, Volker Türk, said ahead of an official event in Geneva, Switzerland.
“As we mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, let's remember that it's not just a historical document but a living testament to our shared humanity—a timeless guide.”

Celebrating Human Rights Day

To observe the week of Humans Rights Day in a way that transcends mere lip service to the spirit of the occasion, here are charitable acts you can undertake:
  • Donate to human rights organisations
  • Volunteer with a human rights non-profit (NGO)
  • Become an advocate for social justice
  • Demand accountability from world leaders via youth for
In conclusion, the UDHR is a formal acknowledge of the equal and inalienable human rights of individuals irrespective of their nationality, religion, caste, class, gender, sex, and affiliation. Not only is it one of the most translated documents in the history of UN but a vehicle for change, a punch from below to those in power and a mechanism to ensure countries do more than just lip service to rights, freedoms and justice of their people.
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