Today is Human Rights Day! Celebrated on the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly, Human Rights Day was first celebrated 60 years ago after the General Assembly passed Resolution 423(V) inviting "all States and interested organizations" to celebrate this accomplishment "as part of a common effort to bring the Declaration to the attention of the peoples of the world."
Human Rights Day 2010 is dedicated to the work of human rights defenders worldwide who act to end discrimination. Let's celebrate the hard work and dedication of human rights defenders around the world, not just today, but every day!
For more information, visit the Human Rights Day 2010 website or the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. (The OHCHR also maintains an excellent page with links to the texts of human rights instruments.)