Human Rights Day


Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10, the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly first adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This document states that everyone is entitled to all rights, freedoms and dignities as human beings regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, political or other opinion language, property, birth, national or social origin or other status. It has been translated into more than 500 languages and is the most translated document in the world.

This year, the theme is Youth Standing Up for Human Rights. More and more we are seeing examples of young people, like Greta Thunberg, speaking up for what is right and speaking against the injustices they are seeing in their communities and worldwide. They are using their voices to claim their rights. They are getting involved with politics. They are making a stand for all of our futures. If you look back through history, you will see that many global movements started with young people and grassroots ideas. We need to continue to empower the next generation to be involved because it drives political, economic and social transformation. Youths bring fresh energy, positivity and new ideas to better our world.

Let’s all #StandUp4HumanRights and remember that you are never too young to change the world!

For more information on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this year’s theme and how you can help, check out the links provided below.

Jessica McCourt
Unifor Local 199