Social Media Watch: Celebrating Human Rights Day


Human Rights Day

The 10th of December 2015 marks International Human Rights Day. Established by the United Nations, it commemorates the date in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2015, the day also commemorates the 50th anniversary of other important human rights declarations. In 1966, on December 16th, both the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights were ratified by the UN. Together, these form the basis of an international standard for human rights.

Equal and inalienable

By their very nature, human rights are said to apply to all people. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights encompasses social, political, cultural rights, and the rights to human dignity, and declares them as absolute, available to all equally, and resolutely inalienable.

“The peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom” – Universal Declaration of Human Rights

No exceptions

Many have used #HumanRightsDay to call attention to those groups which have been denied their human rights. Whether through seizure of their homelands, denial of their voting rights, or even the lack of national recognition, millions across the globe find themselves outside of this humanitarian framework.

A reminder

Slavery. Denial of an education. War. Human rights can be denied in myriad ways. Recent conflicts across the globe have rendered many in a state of dehumanisation. On Human Rights Day, many have taken to the internet to remind the world of these individuals’ humanity. As war ravages, and human rights violations continue, it is hoped that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights may, one day, be truly universal.


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