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10 December Marks Human Rights Day

December 10, 2014

This day in December marks the anniversary of the adoption, by the United Nations, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). For details around this important day visit the website of the Australian Human Rights Commission where you can download activity sheets and a variety of resources around human rights.

For 2014 the United Nations chose the theme Human Rights 365 to promote the idea that every day is Human Rights Day.

Many achievements have been made but there is still much work to be done in this vital area. There are 30 recognised human rights that most of us take for granted – including the right to vote, the right to an education, the right to receive medical care, the right to practice our chosen religion, the right to access employment, the right for equal pay for work of equal value. There are also rights around access to information and to express their opinions. Despite numerous efforts these rights are not equally available to all people around the world, indeed some of these rights are not equally available to all Australians. Everyone can do something to help ensure human rights are for all of us.

Human rights also offers a range of opportunities for #retroread.

Read Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women or re-visit the work of Martin Luther King.

There are also movies to watch; have a look at the website for the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival for some ideas. There are games, as well, aimed at promoting important messages in this area.

Which human rights campaigner do you admire the most? Share their name and their story for this month’s Twitter Reading Group session on 16 December.

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