On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Since this date in 1950, the UN and other human rights organizations have observed Human Rights Day annually.

Eleanor Roosevelt, champion of the UDHR. UN photo. Creative Commons license.

The UN draws this year’s Human Rights Day theme of “All Human, All Equal” from Article 1 of the UDHR – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Visit the UN’s Human Rights Day 2021 page for related resources, including information about how the equality theme and a human rights based approach to development align with the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Find out more! The Alexander Campbell King Law Library has a strong collection of materials on international human rights materials. Check out the hard copy items currently on display near the Reference area, and visit our 2021 Human Rights Day Digital Exhibit for photos, videos, conference proceedings and spotlights on our law faculty who produce scholarship in this area.

Discover additional recent human rights materials acquired or made accessible by the Law Library by running this search.

The Law Library of Congress hosts an annual event commemorating the signing of the UDHR, and this year’s event focuses on the intersection of health and human rights, with a panel that will bring together leading health and legal scholars and practitioners. The virtual event is December 9, 3:30pm EST. For more information and to register https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2021/11/join-us-for-our-human-rights-day-event-on-december-9th/?loclr=eaiclb