All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. That may sound obvious, but it is an ideal of monumental importance that has historically eluded humanity, and too often proves out of reach today. It is also the philosophy of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted on December 10, 1948. The landmark document established a universal standard of inalienable rights for all people of all nations, and is commemorated every December 10, on Human Rights Day.

A human right is a basic legal, social, or ethical principle that belongs to every person, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status. No one is beneath them. Human rights in 2019, also include the right to education, a decent living, health care, and to live free from any form of discrimination.

Organizers of this year’s Human Rights Day are encouraging everyone to stand up for their rights and for the rights of others, especially in the areas of civil, economic, political, and cultural rights. It is important for people to understand that: 

  • Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.
  • Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.
  • Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.
  • Whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we are all at greater risk.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first such agreement with global support, and is the most translated modern document in the world, available in over 500 languages. It also inspired more than 60 subsequent U.N. human rights initiatives that now establish an international standard of dignity and worth for every person. 

This Human Rights Day, consider reading the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What words and ideas stand out to you? What are some examples, positive and negative, that seem relevant? What are some situations in your own life that highlight human rights, or the lack thereof?

The legal community has long stood for the rights of every person, and lawyers remain ready to act accordingly. If you feel your basic rights have been violated, do not wait to contact an experienced attorney today. We are standing by, ready to help you, 24 hours a day!