Human Rights Day

On December 10, 1984, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly after having been created by 18 members from different political, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was involved during the creation of the document chairing and hosting the UDHR committee during the first drafts.
The purpose of Human Rights Day is to celebrate the UDHR document written on that day. According to the United Nations website: “The milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being-regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or another opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,” (un.orgw.un.org). This day is to put differences aside and come together as fellow beings. {The UDHR document is the universal recognition of basic rights and fundamental freedoms.} The Libary of Congress website states: “It sets out the basic principles of equality and non-discrimination in terms of the enjoyment of human rights, and affirms that everyone will be free from slavery, torture, and arbitrary arrest or detention,”(.loc.gov). These are the purposes of this yearly event.
The 2020 theme is “Recover Better- Stand up for Human Rights.” This theme was picked because it relates to the COVID-19 crisis. The Awareness Days website states: “We will reach our global goals only if we are able to create equal opportunities for all, address the failures exposed and exploited by COVID-19, and apply human rights standards,” (awarenessdays.com). The main reason for picking this theme was that everyone can relate to the hardships this year has brought.
The “COVID-19 Fueling Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophoobia worldwide” article states: “ Since the outbreak of the pamdemic, Asian and people of Asian descent have been targets of derogatory language in media reports and statements by politicians as well as on social media platforms,”(.hrw.org). Human Rights day this year will bring awareness to those who have faced racism due to COVID-19.
Human Rights Day encourages people all over the world to spread awareness of basic human rights. According to the International Holiday website: “The day is celebrated by organizing the political conferences, meetings, exhibitions, cultural events, debates, and many more programs,” (bankbazaar.com). By holding meetings at schools a guest speaker spreads awareness to children and teenagers about their rights. The “World Human Rights day 2020” article gives options on how people can participate. “Promote awareness about human rights among the people, get together to discuss the specific issues of human rights, and encourage the vulnerable group to participate,” (bankbazaar.com). These are ways anyone can participate and make a difference in the community.