The United Nations observes Human Rights Day every year on 10 December after the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
The theme for this year's UN day is "Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always".
This year the UN day highlights 'Freedoms' recalling the four freedoms that underlie the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and two major human rights covenants, first articulated in 1941 by President Franklin D Roosevelt in his "four freedoms speech" to the US Congress, according to the UN website.
On Human Rights Day, let us recommit to guaranteeing the fundamental freedoms and protecting the human rights of all," says United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Check out some quotes by famous personalities on human rights below:
- Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities. — Pope Francis (Pope of the Roman Catholic Church)
- To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. — Nelson Mandela (Former African President)
- If a country doesn't recognize minority rights and human rights, including women's rights, you will not have the kind of stability and prosperity that is possible. — Hillary Clinton (Former United States Secretary of State)
- Fundamental violations of human rights always lead to people feeling less and less human. — Aung San Suu Kyi (Burmese Politician)
- No country is 100 percent free of human rights abuses. — Raul Castro (President of the Council of State of Cuba)
- Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression. — Taslima Nasreen (Bangladeshi author)
- The only way to do the human rights thing is to do the right thing medically. — Paul Farmer (Anthropologist)