Since 1950, the UN and various member states have observed 10 December as “Human Rights Day” in commemoration of the day in 1948 when the UN General Assembly passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was the first “worldwide” declaration of rights of its kind, and it was among the chief achievements of the United Nations in its early years.
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Without a respect for human rights, no other rights or privileges would amount to anything. For this reason, many both in and out of government hold special meetings and events on Human Rights Day to highlight the importance of these rights.
Additionally, the Nobel Peace Prize and the UN Human Rights Prize are awarded on Human Rights Day, though only once every five years. And there are special media emphases on human rights during this time of year.