In 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations for reasons including the following:

  • The peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom;
  • Member states have pledged themselves to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge. 

On Human Rights Day, December 10, 2023, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Declaration.