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Human Rights Day observed across the world

On December 10th, the world marks International Human Rights Day, in a bid to recognise basic human rights and speaking out against their abuse.

The United Nations has declared December 10 of each year as the International Human Rights Day. On this historic day, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Two years later in 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) in which it asked all member states to commemorate December 10 as the International Human Rights Day.

According to the United Nations’ website, “This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50thanniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.”

Seminars, public gatherings and awareness campaigns are held this day to promote human rights and make sure people get to know what they are. In light of recent devastating events around the globe such as the Syria crisis and the Burma massacre, steps should be taken to highlight the plight of refugees around the world. Pakistan itself is a country where human rights are often abused and not properly respected.

Trending on top in Pakistan today was the hashtag #HumanRightsDay and here are a couple of tweets related to it:-

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