Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Today Is International Human Rights Day

Today is International Human Rights Day-- a date set by the United Nations General Assembly in Res. 423(V) to celebrate the adoption on Dec. 10, 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The U.N. announced that this year's theme is "Human Rights 365." In a press release, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says it is marking the occasion by highlighting prisoners of conscience around the world, particularly those imprisoned because of their faith or belief.

UPDATE: The White House on Dec. 9 issued a Presidential Proclamation (full text) declaring Dec. 10 to be Human Rights Day and the week beginning Dec. 10 to be Human Rights Week.