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Human Rights Day, December 10

December 10, 2019
Kris Kasianovitz
Eleanor Roosevelt and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Spanish text.

The Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted (10 December 1948).  The UDHR represents a cornerstone of the international human rights regime.  The UDHR has been translated into 522 languages; you can listen to a recording in your language.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is one part of the "International Bill of Human Rights", adopted by General Assembly resolution 217 (III) of 10 December 1948. The proposal in resolution 217 grew to include two covenants. Now, the International Bill of Human Rights consists of:

"Youth Standing Up for Human Rights", video message by António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General on the occasion of Human Rights Day 2019 (10 December)


To learn more about UDHR and Human Rights, check out these guides from the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library:


Photo of Kris Kasianovitz, 2016 August

Kris Kasianovitz

Head, Social Sciences Resource Group
Government Information Librarian, State, Local and International Documents