This December 10, Celebrate Human Rights Day

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to mark the anniversary of the presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human RightAutoptimizes.

This day also brings to the attention “of the peoples of the world” the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

In 2013, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights marks 20 years since its establishment.


President Harry S. Truman, “Proclamation 2866 – United Nations Human Rights Day” December 6, 1949:

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Whereas under the Charter of the United Nations member governments have pledged themselves to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and

Whereas on December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations; and

Whereas the Declaration enumerates civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights and calls upon every individual and every organ of society to “strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance”; and

Whereas the attainment of basic rights for men and women everywhere is essential to the peace we are seeking:

Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate December 10, 1949, and December 10 of each succeeding year as United Nations Human Rights Day; and I invite the people of the United States to observe such day in an appropriate manner.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this sixth day of December in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-fourth.


By the President:

Secretary of State.

Citation: Harry S. Truman: “Proclamation 2866 – United Nations Human Rights Day,” December 6, 1949. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.

Retrieved from: November 17, 2013.

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