Featured Content December 6, 2017 - Celebrated December 10th each year, commemorates the anniversary of when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed
“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the
On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly met in Paris, France and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR was the first universal standard of achievements for all people and nations, stating that all human beings have certain inherent and inalienable rights to be universally protected. This document has been translated into over 500 languages.
President Truman issued the first Presidential Proclamation for Human Rights Day on December 10, 1949, Proclamation 2866, and in 1958 President Eisenhower issued the first proclamation for Human Rights Week to be held from December 10 – 17.This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the UDHR.
Did you know that the U.S. Department of State has an Internet Freedom and Business & Human Rights (IFBHR) Section within the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor that leads U.S. government policy to promote and protect human rights online as well as with business, globally? Find out more about IFBHR and what they do on the State Department’s website.
- Presidential Proclamation 2866, The American Presidency Project (APP) website.
- The United Nations Human Rights Day Official Site
- The United Nation’s website offers the UDHR in many formats. Read or listen to it in over 500 translations, or watch the sign language versions.
- The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - the Human Rights Reports, U.S. Dept. of State cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974.
- Importance of Democracy, Human Rights, & Governance to Development, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- View the State Department’s “Trafficking in Persons Report 2017” or, purchase a copy through the Government Publishing Office (GPO) Bookstore.
- Search for other human rights publications available through the GPO Bookstore.
- Search govinfo for human rights hearings and U.S. civil rights court cases.