Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10 every year and proclaims the basic rights everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being irrespective of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
It came into effect in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is available in more than 500 languages. It is also the most translated document in the world.
This year’s theme for Human Rights Day is “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights”.
The United Nations, in its website, says it is “capitalizing on the momentum” gained after a year marked by the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
It also said that the UN is “spotlighting the leadership role of youth in collective movements as a source of inspiration for a better future.”