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Here’s why December 10 is celebrated as International Human Rights Day

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The world observes December 10 as International Human Rights Day to raise awareness about the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being. This day is also a marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations in 1948.

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On this day various programmes are organised across the globe to encourage governments, social organisations to further the cause of equality and protection of the rights of all individuals – irrespective of race, colour, religion or sex.

The date December 10 was chosen for celebrating Human Rights Day across the world to mark the adoption of the UDHR, which is seen as a milestone document.

Theme for Human Rights Day 2021

As per United Nations the theme of Human Rights Day this year will be “equality”. The theme was taken from Article 1 of the UDHR, which read, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

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History and Significance

Human rights are protected by international and national laws and treaties globally. A 47-member grouping known as the Human Rights Council has been tasked with a mission to protect human rights around the world. These UN member-states are empowered to prevent inequality, abuses and discrimination, protect the most vulnerable, and punish the perpetrators of human rights violations.

The need to protect the human rights of individuals has attained a greater meaning in the aftermath of the pandemic, which has led to more poverty.

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