Human Rights Day: December 10, 2019

December 10, 2019 | Suzanne

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The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948. This was a milestone document proclaiming the rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being regardless of their background. We commemorate the signing of this document on Human Rights Day every December 10. Did you know that the UDHR is available in more than 500 languages? It is the most translated document in the world.

This year's theme for Human Rights Day is Youth Standing up for Human Rights to "spotlight the leadership role of youth in collective movements as a source of inspiration for a better future." Youth have an important role in activism, and it is wonderful to see the United Nations recognize that youth participation is essential to the human rights movement. 

Canada is actually home to the only museum in the world dedicated to Human Rights. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opened in 2014 and is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is the only museum entirely devoted to human rights for all, and has won many awards since it opened its doors. If you can't make it to the museum, here are some titles from our catalogue to help you explore the topic in the meantime:

The right to be cold

The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Human rights in the age of platforms

Human Rights in the Age of Platforms by Rikke Frank Jørgensen 

Human Rights in an Unequal World

Human Rights in an Unequal World by Samuel Moyn

Dear Baba

Dear Baba by Maryam Rafiee

Memes to Movements

Memes to Movements: How the World's Most Viral Media is Changing Social Protest and Power by An Xiao Mina