Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on the 10th of December to support the rights and freedoms for all people around the world.
This annual event commemorates the December 1948 adoption of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, says about the day: “On Human Rights Day let us recommit ourselves to protecting and guaranteeing the human rights of everyone.”
This map shows the global human rights situation.
There is so much to learn about human rights. The UN Declaration contains 30 fundamental rights. Here is a list of some facts that may surprise you.
- 2011 was declared the United Nations Internet Access Day.
- According to some sources, the concept of human rights was first developed in Iraq approximately 2,500 years ago. King Cyrus The Great liberated slaves and established racial equality as well as the right to choose their religion.
- Everybody has a from leisure to holiday with pay.
- Gay marriage is currently allowed in 23 countries around the globe. *
- In conflicts all over the globe, there are more than 300,000. child soldiers.
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been translated the most in the world. It is available in and 370 languages.
- Nearly 21,000,000 people worldwide are victims of forced labor.
- Nepal is among at least five countries in which your gender can be listed as “other” on official documentation.
- 121,000,000 children, adolescents and teenagers have not had the opportunity to go to school or were forced to leave.
- In 2015, four countries have abolished the death penalty.
* Same-sex marriage is not allowed in Northern Ireland. It is also illegal in Mexico.
All facts correct as of 9/12/15
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Author: Emma Luxton, a junior content producer at Formative Content. Joe Myers is a digital content producer at Formative Content.
Image: A group of people crosses a street in Mong Kok, Hong Kong on October 4, 2011. REUTERS/Bobby Yip