Today is Human Rights Day! Every 10 December, we are called to consider a broad range of issues that threaten or protect human rights. Human Rights Day was begun on December 10, 1948, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day. (1)
Human Rights is a broad topic. In recent decades it's been used to describe natural rights, civic rights and political rights. Human rights has often been a central rallying point for a number of social and political movements that sought to eliminate injustices and improve quality of life. This holiday becomes a day for diverse activist groups and people from all walks of life to call attention to their specific focus for human rights. It's also a time to remember past leaders and agents of change.
Here are some notable human rights statements.
The struggle for increased human rights, and better protection for those rights can be so broad it can be hard to relate to. To condense human rights into a single issue, we'll look at land rights in Tanzania. Stay tuned next week for an article about Tanzanian land rights & land use!