Do you know that today is the International Human Rights Day? Did you know that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages?
Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on the 10th of December. This date marks the December 10th of the year 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is, also, the day in which the UN Human Rights Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize are awarded.
Every year, the United Nations holds a different theme for this day. For example, in 2003, the theme was “Know Your Human Rights.” Where as in 2010, it was “Speak up, Stop Discrimination” and in 2015, it was “Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always.” Organizations and governments around the world use Human Rights Day in order to bring attention to various human right issues. This year, the theme is to focus on improving information about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and youth empowerment and action.
Human rights are inalienable for all the people living on this planet. They are categorized into both individual and political rights, like the right to life or the equality and freedom of expression. Moreover, we also have the social rights such as the right to work as well as social security and education. There are also the collective rights, like the right to work. Human rights activists frequently claim that human rights are indivisible. Let’s make it clear, indivisible means that when one right is strengthened or downgraded it equally affects other rights as well.
In my opinion, respecting Human Rights is the key to respecting and sustaining our planet as well as the people next to us. It costs nothing to treat someone with respect. It’s a small thought, with a huge impact.