Human Rights 365 - every day is a human rights day
In 1950, the UN General Assembly declared 10 December as Human Rights Day in order to raise awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a fundamental milestone in the history of human rights. It was drafted by representatives from different legal and cultural backgrounds, from all over the world, and was intended as a common rights framework and standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations.
Since the Declaration was adopted, people around the world have gained more freedom. The UDHR has been effective in preventing violations. It has protected people from torture, unjustified imprisonment, execution and discrimination. In addition, it has supported access to education, employment, healthcare and cultural traditions.
The sustained commitments of the UDHR include:
- The Convention against Torture which has reached its 30th anniversary this year, the Convention on the Rights of the Child which turns 25 and the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, which in 2015 will turn 50.
- The Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has gained momentum since 2008. Through the UPR process all United Nations member States’ human rights records are reviewed once every four years. This has led to increased awareness of human rights situations worldwide.
- States have made progress in realising UPR recommendations to protect the rights of migrants, advancing the Millennium Development Goals, enhancing measures for child protection, condemning discrimination, creating mechanisms to address corruption, addressing violence against women, tackling the gender pay gap, and introducing measures to prevent torture.
- Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience (Human Development Report 2014)
- United Nations Development Programme 2014
- 2014 Human Development Report on reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience. The 2014 Human Development Report, published by the United Nations Development Programme, is the latest in a long series dedicated to independen...
- The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
- UN 2014
- Fourteen years ago, the Millennium Declaration articulated a bold vision and established concrete targets for improving the existence of many and for saving the lives of those threatened by disease and hunger. There has been important...
- My rights, my voice: annual progress report 2013
- Oxfam 2014
- My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) engages marginalized children and youth in their rights to health and education services in eight countries. The 2013 Annual Progress Report provides an overview of the second year of this innovative three y...
- Nigeria's 5th Periodic Country Report (2011-2014) on the implementation of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights in Nigeria
- As a member of the African Union (AU), Nigeria was among the first countries to sign (1982), ratify (1983) and domesticate the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). This is the fifth periodic report submitted by ...
- Implementing the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa: Analysing the Compliance of Kenya's Legal Framework
- Oxfam 2014
- This report analyses the implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, better known as the Maputo Protocol in Kenya. The Maputo Protocol guarantees comprehensive r...
- International Criminal Court: Recommendations to the 13th Session of the Assembly of States Parties
- Amnesty International 2014
- The 13th session of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (Assembly) is taking place in New York from 8 to 17 December 2014. At this session, the Assembly will: Conduct a General Deba...
- Human rights indicators: a guide to measurement and implementation
- United Nations High Commission for Human Rights 2012
- The demand for and the use of indicators in human rights are part of a broader process of systematic work to implement, monitor and realize rights. Together with national human rights action plans, baseline studies and rights-based ap...