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Logo: The 20th Anniversary of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

The 20th Anniversary of OHCHR – Human Rights Day 2013     

Human Rights Day 2013 has special significance in this 20th anniversary year of the establishment of the mandate of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Human Rights Day continues the celebration of the anniversary with 20 YEARS: WORKING FOR YOUR RIGHTS as its theme but with the emphasis on the future and identifying the challenges that lie ahead.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring 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.

For their Human Rights Day activities this year, organisers may also choose to include one or more of the human rights achievements of the past two decades. The list below may be useful as guidance:

1. Economic, social, cultural, civil, political rights and the right to development

2, Human rights and peace and security

3. Human rights treaties

4. Individual complaints mechanisms

5. Rule of law (International Criminal Court)

6. Human Rights Council and its Universal Periodic Review

7. Independent human rights experts, assessment and investigative missions

8. Civil society

9. Right to participation

10. National human rights institutions

11. Torture and modern slavery

12. Trafficking

13. Business and human rights

14. Freedom of expression

15. Emerging rights (rights of older persons, right to the truth, right to a clean environment, right to clean water and sanitation and the right to food)

Upholding the rights of:

16. Women

17. People with disabilities

18. Migrants

19. LGBT

20. Indigenous peoples and minorities

More information on each of these can found on the OHCHR website.

Special events to celebrate Human Rights Day will be held in all regions of the world, including in Geneva on 5 December and in New York on 10 December.

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