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The world celebrated Human Rights Day yesterday. It is an important day by all accounts, for it recognizes the essential need to treat all human beings the same. In a world being torn asunder increasingly by strife, conflict, war, discrimination, this day serves as a timely reminder to look at human beings with the same lens of dignity and respect. As is stated in Article 1 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

WHY 10th DECEMBER?

It was on 10th December 1948, that the United Nation’s General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It was the first such global proclamation of human rights and is regarded as the among the first most prominent achievements of the then newly constituted United Nationals.

10th December, hence, looked like the apt day to celebrated Human Rights Day, but this decision was formally taken in the 317th Plenary Meeting of the UNGA, which took place on 4th December 9150. The General Assembly invite all UN member states and other organizations to observe, honour and celebrate the day as they saw fit.

Another interesting facet of the day is that the five-yearly UN Prize in the field of Human Rights and the Nobel Peace Prize are awarded on this day.

THEME 2019 – YOUTH STANDING UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

The UN has declared the theme for 2019 celebration of Human Rights as ‘Youth Standing Up for Human Rights’. This is to focus specifically on the potential of youth as harbingers of change which can attack the problem of human rights violation at its core. The UN says that the campaign ‘is designed to encourage, galvanise, and showcase how youth all over the world stand up for rights and against racism, hate speech, bullying, discrimination, and climate change, to name a few.

The UN believes, and we concur, that one is never too young to change the world. It is with this idea that the 2019 observation of Human Rights Day is focused on the youth.

Human Rights are also at the core of SDGs – Sustainable Development Goals, for, according to UN, sustainable development cannot happen without human dignity.

While UN does its bit, it is incumbent on all of us to take the message of equality forward. Young or old, it lies in our hands to ensure no acts against humanity, no matter how small or big, are committed around us. It is important that we remain steadfast on our principles and inspire others by example to observe the same. We, at Extramarks, also firmly believe in education and equality of access to be basic human rights, and are striving towards making the same happen every day.