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Human Rights Day is celebrated on 10 December to reinforce global efforts to ensure that every human being is accorded its due opportunities in a balanced and secure manner.

These rights form the foundation of the free society that the world intends to build in order to realize the true potential of our human resources and capabilities.

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Human rights are the embodiment of such endeavors and commitment to help each other and fight for each other. To not only promote the development of each other but also make progress for overall human achievement.

This day marks such a promise to celebrate our differences as nations, families, individuals, etc. while cherishing our similarities. To feed the hungry, protect the defenseless, provide refuge to the homeless and landless shout for the voiceless and cure the diseased.

2019 marks the seventy-first anniversary of Human Rights Day. This is the day when the United Nations adopted its charter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10th December 1948.

This year it will fall on Tuesday, with the theme “Stand Up For Human Rights”. Among its itinerary of activities would be major events held in Geneva, a dedicated social media campaign with prominent public figures like Medha Patkar, Bill Gates, etc. calling for the protection of basic and inalienable human rights.

The theme of StandUp4HumanRights will be broadcasted globally through platforms like YouTube, Twitter, etc.

The idea behind celebrating such a day is to highlight the predicament of human beings throughout the globe. From crippling poverty to depleting water resources, from global warming to debilitating pandemics, etc.

The World needs to protect its most vulnerable and weakest populations like women, religious minorities, disabled persons, indigenous tribes, etc. This calls for focusing on showcasing the ability to stand and survive together, both as a society and as a species.

Only when such fundamental rights like the right to speech, personal safety, liberty,
freedom to work and earn livelihoods, freedom to practice one’s religion and faith without fear or intimidation, etc become guaranteed, we can call ourselves free and progressive.

Without such balance and harmony between the various sections of human society, we will not be able to establish peace or coexist.

We need all of us to reach our best versions and push ourselves to not only develop as individuals and nations but also prosper as social beings and fellow human beings.

We must administer justice as even if there is injustice done a part of human society, it is an injustice for the entire human civilization.