Celebrate International Human Rights Day

It has been a year like no other for human rights. Human rights activism has never been more topical or more vital. And through the transforming power of social media, ordinary people have become human rights activists. Saturday, December 10, 2011, marks the sixty-third (63) anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Some argue that this  has been a remarkable year for human rights activism and there is a lot to celebrate – while there is a great deal that still needs to be done. There is no better moment to recommit ourselves to the work of those who came before us. It’s our turn to work to preserve human rights for our children and for all future generations.

This year’s human rights’ theme is “Celebrate Human Rights” to honor the people around the world who found their voices this year using the internet and instant messaging to tell, inspire, and mobilize supporters to seek their basic human rights.  To help celebrate International Human Rights’ Day, it is important for each of us to join the global conversation and join the human rights movement.

Join the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and United Nations Association of the United States of America, in celebrating the many accomplishments this year and the work we still have ahead of us.

Source(s): United Nations.

Photo credit: Microsoft Clip Art

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