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December 2, 2020

Human Rights Day 2013

Every year on December 10th is International Human Rights Day. This day celebrates the anniversary of the presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year the theme is 20 years: Working for your rights as 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the mandate of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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20 years working for your rightsThe UN General Assembly proclaimed the 10th of  December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

Every year Human Rights Day is celebrated through events and projects in communities around the world to teach people, especially children and teenagers the importance of their human rights and the significance of upholding these in their own community and further afield.

One of the ways in which Australia celebrates Human Rights Day is through The Human Rights Awards which celebrates the achievements of some of Australia’s most humanitarian citizens. Previous winners include Ian Thorpe in 2012 for his work with Indigenous people and young Australians. In 2011 Ron Merkel was awarded for his outstanding commitment to the promotion and advancement of human rights as a legal practitioner and in 2010 Therese Rein was awarded for her longstanding work alongside people with disability.

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