Since 1950, the United Nations has recognized December 10 as Human Rights Day. This year the U.N. is marking the day with the theme “20 Years Working for Your Rights,” in recognition of the 1993 Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. This mandate marked the beginning of a renewed effort of the protection and promotion of human rights. It is regarded as one of the most significant human rights documents of the past quarter century.
To read more about what the UN is doing to promote human rights, visit the U.N. website. In addition, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, spoke last week at the Human Rights First Annual Summit in Washington, D.C. about how respect for human rights is central to foreign policy here in the United States. Her speech, “Human Rights: Advancing American Interests and Values” can be found here.