Stand up for our human rights today

Human Rights Day is observed internationally on 10 December each year. This date commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, and has been celebrated since 1950. The UDHR is the foundation of modern human rights laws across the world, including our Human Rights Act.


Each year the British Institute of Human Rights encourages national and local actions to observe Human Rights Day. For the past six years, BIHR has brought together civil society groups from across the UK to join together in an open letter to our political leadership on the importance of our human rights here at home. Last year our Human Rights Day letter was signed by over 150 organisations, speaking in unison in recognition of the value of the Human Rights Act.

If your organisation would like to find out more about joining this year’s letter please email us by 4pm on 5th December 2016.


We are also running a digital campaign via Thunderclap, alongside our Human Rights Day letter. Individuals and organisations can get involved, and you can sign up here.


As the UN website on Human Rights Day notes, many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Human Rights Day is an opportunity for us all to stand together and reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference, be that in the street, in school, at work or on social media.


There is much work to be done to make sure that universal human rights are protected and respected here in the UK. BIHR's mission to bring human rights to life here at home by empowering people to know what human are, and speaking up will be vital.

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