Created 70 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in human history. It sets down the protections every person has simply because they are human; a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

Following the horrors of World War II, the world community came together to say never again. Drafted by representatives from different legal and cultural backgrounds the UDHR was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948.

The UDHR is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was proclaimed. While its promise is yet to be fulfilled, the very fact that the UDHR has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.

The UDHR inspired human rights laws across the world, including our very own Human Rights Act, and the European Convention on Human Rights.

The United Nations says the UDHR anniversary is a chance for the world to celebrate and help reaffirm the enduring human rights principles and standards it has established. So throughout 2018 BIHR will be celebrating 70 years of universal human rights here in the UK, highlighting their value for people in their everyday lives. We will be creating opportunities for people and communities across the UK to join the celebrations:

Sign the online UDHR birthday card and add your support for universal human rights across the UK!

Join in the digital activity for March for Human Rights 14.03.18 - 23.03.18, get social and join the conversation using #MarchforHumanRights and #celebrate70

Attend a community event for March for Human Rights 20.03.18 - 23.03.18

Find out more about our parliamentary reception on Human Rights Day (10.12.18)

Check out our blogs and free resources on universal human rights in the UK

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