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On December, 10 the World celebrates a very important holiday internationally known as Human Rights Day. It commemorates the day in 1948, when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed as a common standard to which all individuals and societies should strive in order to ensure its observance. The UDHR is not a treaty, but it inspires States to constitute and uphold an international standard of human rights.
In 1966, the United Nations General Assembly adopted two international treaties that changed the concept of international human rights once and for all: The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Together with the UDHR, these two Covenants set out the political, economic, civil, social and cultural rights that every human being can exercise from the moment they are born.
Many things have changed for the better since the adoption of the UDHR and the two Covenants, and many countries have built truly stable societies on the basis of human rights recognition.
However, there are still challenges. Many people still don’t know about the existence of the documents proclaiming human rights, and many countries still have many things to do to allow their citizens to live with dignity. Whole groups of people are still targets of religious and racial hate; economic and social rights are infringed upon in the name of economic security; living in the digital age compromises the right to privacy; anti-terrorist activity justifies violation of many human rights.
This proves how relevant it is to raise awareness of the themes of rights and freedom and to work in order to ensure them. Remember: Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always. And test your awareness of human rights by taking this new Human Rights Day quiz!