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Summary Article: Human Rights Day, International
from Cultural Studies: Holidays Around the World

Observed by the international community every year on December 10, Human Rights Day commemorates the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), in Paris, in 1949. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights coordinates activities for the annual celebration. An official observance rather than a public holiday, the event is normally marked by conferences, cultural events, and exhibitions, all concerning the human rights issues that exist in many countries. Every year, Human Rights Day promotes a specific theme that seeks to raise awareness of human rights, underscoring its relevance in daily life. The United Nations Prize in Human Rights and the Nobel Peace Prize are also awarded on this day.


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