International Human Rights Day is celebrated across the globe every year on 10 December; marking the day in 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed. Each year the British Institute of Human Rights joins with others to celebrate Human Rights Day. We do this through national actions, such as coordinating our annual Human Rights Day letter signed by civil society organisations. We also do this by supporting people to organise local actions in their communities.

150+ organisations have joined our Human Rights Day letter standing with the Human Rights Act

Our Human Rights Day letter is signed by over 150 organisations and published on a full page in The Times. 
Together these diverse groups have joined their voices together in recognising that our Human Rights Act is a cause for celebration.

Issue 1 of our newspaper, Human Writes

The first issue of our newspaper, Human Writes, features interviews with human rights celebrities, including Sir Nicolas Bratza, former President of the European Court of Human Rights and current chair of BIHR, and Mark Neary, human rights campaigner and father to Steven Neary, who was unlawfully deprived of his liberty for nearly a year.


This year we're holding two fantastic events!

  • Our morning event is organised in partnership with the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. At "Universal human rights: Protections across the UK, Europe and Beyond" we will be joined by representatives from the Council of Europe, academics and researchers to take a comparative look at different systems of human rights protection across the globe, including our Human Rights Act here in the UK.
  • Our afternoon event, "Human Rights Day: Celebrating 15 Years of the Human Rights Act" in the Houses of Parliament, is kindly hosted by Lord Low and Baroness Prashar. This panel discussion brings together a wide range of expert speakers, including Sir Nicolas Bratza, former president of the European Court of Human Rights, Simon Israel, Channel 4 news reporter and Mark Neary, a father for whom the Human Rights Act was vital in bringing home his son Steven when the authorities unlawfully detained him after respite care.

Our Human Rights Day blog, reflecting on the significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Take a look at our blog reflecting on the significance of Human Rights Day this year, which coincides with our celebrations of 15 years of our Human Rights Act.

Digital campaign - join in the conversation!

Last but not least, we’re running a digital campaign at #HumanRightsDay, where everyone can join in and share their stories of using our Human Rights Act for positive social change.

If you'd like to collaborate with us on our Human Rights Day 2016 celebrations, get in touch with Helen Wildbore at