On Human Rights Day, let us recommit to guaranteeing the fundamental freedoms and protecting the human rights of all.
– United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
December 10 is celebrated as Human Rights Day worldwide. Fifty years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted two international treaties that would forever shape international human rights:
- International Covenant on Economic Social & Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
- International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR).
Created in the aftermath of WWII, the two Covenants along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights became the International Bill of Human Rights setting out the civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.
The website for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has a wealth of information, including the human rights issues they are working on and issues in specific countries, including Australia.
For more information you can also visit the Human rights page on the Find Legal Answers website, which will connect you with many resources, including the Hot Topics issue on Human Rights which is available in full text.