International Human Rights Day

10 December 2020

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all, it establishes the equality of dignity and worth of every person. Its principles are as relevant today as when they were first developed.

The declaration reminds us of the importance of standing up for our own rights and those of others.

2020 Theme: Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights

This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts. It is an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building the world we want, the need for global solidarity as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity.


To find out more information see the resources below:

United Nations - Human Rights Day 2020
Human Rights Day 2020

The Women Who Shaped the Universal Declaration

Racial Equality in the Time of Coronavirus

November ebulletin - Australian Human Rights Commission

Australia's Third Universal Periodic Review (UPR)


International Human Rights Day 720-475

Date and time

From: 09:00 AM Thursday, December 10, 2020 To: 05:00 PM Thursday, December 10, 2020


On-line Acknowledgement