Human Rights Day
Learn about the importance of the UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights in 1948 with MY HERO's showcase of heroes fighting for equality, justice and dignity.
Teachers: Visit the free MY HERO Lesson Plan for Human Rights Day. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.
What Is Human Rights Day?
The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.
The declaration sets out the fundamental rights of all people that must be protected. Everyone is entitled to these rights, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
The creation of this document, made by people from different backgrounds, was a historic milestone for human rights.
These Four Stories Highlight Heroes Around the World Fighting for Inalienable Rights.
Garry Davis was an American bomber pilot in WWII who became a peace activist and advocated world citizenship.
Linda Sarsour, from New York, was co-chair of the 2017 and 2019 Women's March, has been involved in organizational efforts Black Lives Matter, and spoke out against the Muslim travel ban.
Learn About Human Rights Through Hero Artwork
Art Activist Tom Block began the Human Rights Painting Project in 2002 to raise awareness of human rights issues around the world, as well as to support the work of Amnesty International. Among the vital group's goals are ensuring fair, prompt trials for political prisoners; abolishing torture and other ill treatment of incarcerated persons; and ending political killings and "disappearances." The Project also seeks freedom for all "prisoners of conscience" — people who have been detained for their political, religious or other beliefs or their national or ethnic origin, color, sex or other status.
He was imprisoned on November 9, 1993 for having proposed a military ombudsman, a human rights defender for both civilians and the military for the improper actions of the Army. Amnesty International considered him a prisoner of conscience.
Learn About Human Rights Through a Hero Film
Watch these three Human Rights-themed films, which will run about 15 minutes. Prompts for class discussion follow.
I am a #youngworker combines worker experience and research data into a powerful and artistic animated story.
From the UN official website: Learn about the women who helped shape the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Illustrated Version of the UN Declaration of Human Rights
Illustrations by Yacine Ait Kaci (YAK)
Learn More About Human Rights Defenders from MY HERO's Library of Heroes
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