World Human Rights Day: December 10

A group of people standing in solidarity

Human Rights Day is celebrated each year on December 10 to mark the anniversary of one of the world's most groundbreaking global pledges: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). 

The Declaration calls for the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Available in more than 500 languages, the UDHR is the most translated document in the world. It is widely recognized as having inspired and paved the way for the adoption of more than 70 permanent human rights treaties at global and regional levels.

Did you know that Canada played a central role in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

Why is it important to celebrate Human Rights Day?

Learning about human rights gives us the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to stand up for our rights as well as those of others. It helps us to understand that not everyone is given the same level of rights in different situations, and asks us to think about what we can do to protect the rights of everyone to live in an inclusive world. 

How can schools take part in Human Rights Day?

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