10th December is Human Rights DayDignity, freedom and justice for all
Ranjan K Baruah
Every individual on earth has human rights be it a child or an elderly person. Getting access to education and getting health benefits are also rights of our people. Human rights are crucial as they help in shaping the society and ensuring human rights means we are ensuring positive transformation in our society.
Human rights are moral principles or norms for certain standards of human behavior and are commonly understood as fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being. Human rights are inherent to us all, regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, was the first legal document to set out the fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The UDHR, which turned 70 in 2018, continues to be the foundation of all international human rights law. Its 30 articles provide the principles and building blocks of current and future human rights conventions, treaties and other legal instruments.
One of the important events related to human rights is the celebration of Human Rights Day on 10th December around the world. This was the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the UDHR. The 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be celebrated on 10 December 2023. In the decades since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, human rights have become more recognised and more guaranteed across the globe. It has since served as the foundation for an expanding system of human rights protection that today focuses also on vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and migrants. To be contd