GHRD News

Human Rights Day 2019

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This milestone document proclaimed the inalienable rights of which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.[1]

This year’s theme is “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights” to celebrate and acknowledge the crucial role played by young people in the realisation and protection of human rights for all. This year focuses on empowering youth to better know and claim their rights which will, in turn, generate benefits globally.

Under the UN’s universal call to action “Stand Up for Human rights,” GHRD has organised several events in South Asia with our partners in order to spread awareness of current issues affecting those most vulnerable in society. Events were held in Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, engaging individuals of a variety of backgrounds from lawyers and human rights defenders to youth activists and children. These events aimed to educate the next generation on the rights owed to them and work together to put an end to discriminatory practices, violence against women and children, and child labour.

GHRD is proud to work with such determined people on the ground, striving to make sure every voice is heard. GHRD will continue to work alongside our partners to ensure the full and equal implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ensuring the next generation grow up in a safe and protected environment.

Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”[2]


[1] United Nations Human Rights Day https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day

[2] Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, Preamble