Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, affirming that the civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights are the birth right of all human beings. The campaign revolves around the theme of rights and freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear, etc. — which underpin the International Bill of Human Rights and are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted 50 years ago. Learn the 30 Articles and Rights in this simplified version especially created for young people. For more this year’s theme and the year-long campaign, see the website of the UN Human Rights office.
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Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, an educator born and raised in apartheid South Africa, where she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of discrimination and the lack of basic human rights.
The purpose of YHRI is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace.
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