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Human Rights Day 2020

What are Human Rights?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) conveys the inalienable rights that are inherent to every global citizen, regardless of location, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. 

Which rights are at the heart of the UDHR?

  • Equality and non-discrimination
  • Freedom, justice, and peace
  • Freedom of thought, conscience and religion
  • The right to life, liberty and security of person
  • All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights

The UDHR inspires social and cultural justice in our country and in the world today. It has led to laws, treaties, and agreements which protect people from human rights abuses and injustices. Explore the document here.

In 2018, to help mark the UDHR's 70th anniversary, members of the UN recited parts of the Declaration in their native language:

UDHR. (2018, December 10). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Add Your Voice. [Video file]. Retrieved from


Explore the articles below to understand the scholarly conversation on certain human rights issues: