On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document lays out the fundamental rights and freedoms of every person in the world and was, upon its adoption, called, opens a new window a "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations." The Declaration does not carry the weight of law; however, it has served as the impetus and model for dozens of treaties, laws, and constitutional statements enacted worldwide and designed to protect the basic rights of all people. It is one part of the International Bill of Human Rights, opens a new window, which also includes the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, opens a new window and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, opens a new window (and the two Optional, opens a new window Protocols, opens a new window to this last document). Over the years, the United Nations has produced a total of nine core international human rights instruments, opens a new window and nine optional protocols to outline the particular human rights considerations for various vulnerable groups.
Each year's recognition of Human Rights Day focuses on a particular theme. This year's theme is Equality: Reducing Inequalities, Advancing Human Rights, opens a new window. It focuses on the central role that equality and non-discrimination must play in economies, sustainable development, vaccine accessibility, environmental preservation, and societal structure and leadership.
If you would like to read more about the many areas of human rights works, check out some of the resources below in our collection and online.
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Human Rights Day, which falls on November 10 each year, is a day to recommit to achieving basic rights for every person in the world. Below are some of the many titles about human rights that you can find at the library, as well as other resources that offer more information about Human Rights Day and the struggle to realize those rights worldwide. Please Note: In order to bring you new and interesting titles, Hoopla content is updated monthly, and these titles may not be available in the future. To find the latest titles, please visit www.hoopladigital.com, opens a new window.