Why Do People Celebrate Human Rights Day?

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Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on Dec. 10 to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ensure its continued remembrance as a common standard for all nations. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the declaration on Dec. 10, 1948, and it announced the establishment of an annual Human Rights Day on Dec. 4, 1950.

Human Rights Day is traditionally acknowledged by the scheduling of conferences, meetings, exhibitions and cultural events on the subject of human rights. The recipient of the annual Nobel Peace Prize is announced on Dec. 10 in addition to the recipient of the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights every five years. Individual governments and organizations often use Dec. 10 to organize human rights campaigns, hold seminars on human rights issues and make statements pertaining to human rights. Humans right issues include women's rights, an end to human trafficking, a clean environment and freedom of speech.

In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted with 48 nations in favor and eight nations abstaining. Since then, as of 2014, it has been translated into 438 different languages and dialects. The document holds the Guinness World Record for being the most translated document in the world.