The day is observed every year on December 10. It is also the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages. In a message, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the rights proclaimed in the Declaration apply to everyone no matter the race, belief, location or other distinction of any kind.
He said Human rights are universal, eternal and are also indivisible. The Secretary General says as the day is being celebrated, the human rights defenders risking their lives to protect people in the face of rising hatred, racism, intolerance and repression are also honoured.
He entreats all to join in raising awareness of human rights and stand up for human rights for everyone and everywhere.