Every December 10th, we celebrate Human Rights Day. The date marks the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948. To celebrate the 70th birthday of the declaration, we brought it to the streets of New York City to show that human rights truly belong to everyone. Dozens of people — from all different backgrounds — stopped to read, discuss, explore and celebrate.
The declaration was created as a response to the mass violence and human rights violations that were perpetrated during World War II and The Holocaust. It declares, in 30 different articles, a list of inalienable human rights that belong to everyone around the world — regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality, age, ability or sexual orientation.
Over the past 70 years since its creation, the declaration has helped shape the missions of human rights organizations and defenders around the world as they fight to help people realize these rights.
Enjoy our video, and happy Human Rights Day!