Human Rights 365 - every day is a human rights day

12th January 2015
This year’s Human Rights Day theme, Human Rights 365, stressed the importance of recognizing every day as a human rights day. It highlighted the key principle that human rights are for everyone, everywhere, and at all times. Human rights defenders worldwide have posted their messages on the video sharing platform Vine to celebrate the event. The UN Secretary-General has called for everyone to speak out and denounce authorities who deny the rights to any person on the basis of class, opinion or sexual orientation. Ban Ki-moon said: “Everyone can advance the struggle against injustice, intolerance and extremism.”
365 Human RightsIn 1950, the UN General Assembly declared 10 December as Human Rights Day in order to raise awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a fundamental milestone in the history of human rights. It was drafted by representatives from different legal and cultural backgrounds, from all over the world, and was intended as a common rights framework and standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations.

Since the Declaration was adopted, people around the world have gained more freedom. The UDHR has been effective in preventing violations. It has protected people from torture, unjustified imprisonment, execution and discrimination. In addition, it has supported access to education, employment, healthcare and cultural traditions.

The sustained commitments of the UDHR include: