Human Rights Day, held on 10 December each year commemorates the dates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. This year the UDHR turns 70, a milestone in human history, the first document, after the horrors of two World Wars, which sets down the rights and freedoms every single person should have, simply because they are human.

The UDHR was the first international agreement on the basic principles of human rights, and it laid foundation for the human rights protections across the world, including those we in the UK today. The UDHR provides the basis for the European Convention on Human Rights, which in brought home in UK law by the Human Rights Act, which itself turns 20 this year.

At BIHR we thing this is something worth celebrating, and so do many others, check out what is happening here:

155 organisations from across the UK have joined together to write to the Prime Minister and urge her to safeguard human rights here at home, particularly in these uncertain times of Brexit. The organisations include those working with new mothers, children, carers, people with learning disabilities and mental ill-health, women experiencing violence, migrants, older people, and groups campaigning for LGBTQ+ rights, fair trials, access to justice, decent housing and against racial discrimination. Together with traditional human rights defenders such as Amnesty International UK, Liberty, Justice, Human Rights Watch, and Rights Watch UK. The full list of signatories (and text version of the letter) is available on our news story here, with the designed letter is available here to download and circulate.

People and groups across the UK have shown their support in signing our UDHR anniversary card at, which we’ll be presenting in Parliament and sending to the United Nations. We hope you signed up and have your message in the card!



We’ll be in parliament to celebrate 70 years of human rights with an event hosted by our Trustee & Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, with speakers including Sir Nicolas Bratza, Lord Woolf (member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights), Corey Stoughton (Liberty), Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters), Carla Clarke (Child Action Poverty Group), Karen Blair (n|compass advocacy) and BIHR’s Sanchita Hosali. We’ll be live tweeting, join us on @BIHRhumanrights


We will also be in Scotland, at the Parliamentary Human Rights takeover with our colleagues from the Human Rights Consortium running a workshop on Civil Soicety and human rights. This will be followed by a celebration with the Scottish Human Rights Commission, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary where we’ll also be presenting a UDHR birthday card which the brilliant young people at the Scottish Youth Parliament have been promoting.


Social media activity on the 10 December will be using #Celebrating70, #HumanRightsDay and #Standup4HumanRights to share stories of support and celebrating of human rights. We’ll be sharing lots of content, so do make sure you join the conversation!