Thursday, December 10, 2015

Human Rights Day 2015

December 10 is Human Rights Day! It commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to serve as a comprehensive list of basic individual rights and freedoms that all nations should strive to protect. It is part of the International Bill of Human Rights, along with the more detailed and legally-binding International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966).

The other core international human rights treaties are:

Want to learn more about Human Rights Day? Visit the official websites:

Researching human rights law? Gallagher Law Library has two helpful research guides:

Did you know? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Drafting Committee was chaired by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt!


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