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Human Rights Day 2021

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Date published
10 December 2021

About the day

Every year on 10 December, the world celebrates Human Rights Day. This is the anniversary of the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The Declaration proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is 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. 

The Declaration was drafted by representatives of all regions and legal traditions and has become accepted as a contract between Governments and their peoples. Virtually all States have accepted the Declaration and it has served as the foundation for an expanding system of human rights protection. 

This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to equality and Article 1 of the UDHR: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

The principles of equality and non-discrimination are at the heart of human rights. Equality is aligned with the 2030 Agenda and with the UN approach set out in the document Shared Framework on Leaving No One Behind: Equality and Non-Discrimination at the Heart of Sustainable Development . This includes addressing and finding solutions for deep-rooted forms of discrimination that have affected the most vulnerable people in societies, including women and girls, Indigenous Peoples, people of African descent, LGBTI people, migrants and people with disabilities, among others.

Free online courses

These two courses are available to anyone to pursue in their own time through the SEI Online Learning portal.