Human Rights Day (the other official UN languages: English. Human Rights Day, App. Día de los Derechos del Hombre, fr. La Journée des droits de l'homme) - celebrated on the proposal of the UN General Assembly (Resolution number 423 (V) ) annually on December 10, starting from 1950. On this day in 1948 the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The resolution of the General Assembly invited all States to provide annual reports on Human Rights Day. Under the coordination of Human Rights Day plays an important role the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
In the USSR, since 1977, human rights defenders, Human Rights Day held in Pushkin Square in Moscow, the so-called "Meeting of silence. In Russia this day, various official and unofficial events. In 2001 she established the Andrei Sakharov Award "For Journalism as an act". The Award is awarded to Russian journalists and 10 December Human Rights Day.
December 10, 2009 the representatives of democratic movements again held at Pushkin Square "Meeting of silence. So they decided to revive the tradition of Soviet dissidents, believing that human rights in Russia again grossly and widely violated.
In the South African Human Rights Day a national holiday on March 21 - the day of the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism, Racial Discrimination, in memory of the massacre at Sharpeville, which occurred on this date in 1960. In Kiribati, Human Rights Day is declared a holiday.
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