Posted on Friday 9th December 2011
10 December 2011: Human Rights Day
This year, millions of people decided the time had come to claim their rights. They took to the streets and demanded change. Human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values. As a global community we all share a day in common: Human Rights Day on 10 December, when we remember the creation 63 years ago of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On Human Rights Day 2011, we pay tribute to all human rights defenders and ask you to get involved in the global human rights movement.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent the following message: ‘Human rights belong to every one of us without exception. But unless we know them, unless we demand they be respected, and unless we defend our right -- and the right of others -- to exercise them, they will be just words in a decades-old document. That is why, on Human Rights Day, we do more than celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 – we acknowledge its enduring relevance for our own times.’ For the rest of the message, click here.
Watch ‘2011, an Extraordinary Year for Human Rights’.