70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

2018-12-10
70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

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December 10, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The declaration, a key international human rights document, was drafted in the early days of the United Nations, following World War II. The declaration contains 30 articles that affirm the rights of individuals. It has served as a basis for international human rights law, with its provisions being elaborated in subsequent international treaties, regional human rights conventions, and in national legislation.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, issued a statement on the anniversary, commenting that the ideals established by the declaration constitute one of the greatest and most successful advancements in human history. She also pointed out that the groups of people specifically protected in the declaration have been expanded over time to include minorities, indigenous peoples, LGBTI people, and other groups.

At the same time, Bachelet noted that the progress made under the declaration is currently under threat. She highlighted the need to ensure the recognition of rights and support for human rights institutions. Michelle Bachelet’s statement, as well as links to more information about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its 70th anniversary can be found here.

The text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is available here.