Human Rights Day - 10 December

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day. Read more here. 

This year, 2017, UNA New Zealand is commemorating the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a seminar 'The SDGs, sustainable tourism and human rights' from 12.30 to 5.30pm Friday 8th December, Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 2 (RHLT2), in Wellington. Tourism's now a major contributor to the economy of both Aotearoa New Zealand & the entire world. Tourism's impacts on the environment sustainable? Remote & ecologically sensitive areas - how are they getting on with tourism? Are the human rights of people in those areas fully respected? People who work in the tourism sector - are their human rights being fully respected? Following seminar opening by UNA New Zealand VP Peter Nichols & welcoming remarks from Iona Pannett, Chair of Wellington City Council Sustainability Committee, Marjan Van Den Belt, Asst Vice-Chancellor Sustainability of VUW & other talented speakers will address these issues. Attendance free. View more details here

The theme in 2016 was "Stand up for someone's rights today". Read about our event here.

2015 was devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.

The two Covenants, together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights, setting out the civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.

"Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always." aims to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary. The year-long campaign revolves around the theme of rights and freedoms -- freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear -- which underpin the International Bill of Human Rights are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted 50 years ago. For more this year's theme and the year-long campaign, see the website of the UN Human Rights office.


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