ISLAMABAD: The International Human Rights Day was observed on Thursday across the globe including Pakistan recommitting to guarantee the fundamental freedoms and protecting the human rights of all.
It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.
This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary 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.
The two Covenants, together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights, setting out the civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.
“On Human Rights Day, let us recommit to guaranteeing the fundamental freedoms and protecting the human rights of all,” says United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his statement on the day.
The day is normally marked both by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues across the world. In addition it is traditionally on 10 December that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded.
Many governmental and non-governmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social-cause organizations.