December 12, 2022

In 1948, representatives from all US states came together under the guidance of Eleanor Roosevelt to devise a list of human rights that everybody across the world should have and enjoy. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was the result of the experience of the Second World War. With the end of that war, and the creation of the United Nations, the international community vowed to never again allow atrocities like those of that conflict to happen again.

Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these basic rights, without discrimination.

The theme of World Human Rights Day 2022 is Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All, and it’s a day to celebrate the achievements of those who have fought for and protected our human rights. For the past year, World Human Rights Day campaigned to shift the needle of understanding and action towards greater knowledge of the universality of the UDHR and the activism associated with it.

The hope is to inspire everyone to speak up and take action to end discrimination in all forms, whenever and wherever it happens. In a nutshell, this is what World Human Rights Day is all about.