International Human Rights Day 10th of December

By Milly Strazdins

The first of December, the shops are alive with the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday, people’s minds are filled with Christmas spirit- presents, food and decorations. With all of the excitement surrounding the biggest celebration of the year, a day that has significance to all is often over looked. The 10th of December or ‘International Human Rights Day’ is the day that we celebrate coming together to respect the basic rights that we have as humans, all thanks to the United Nations. This day was chosen to celebrate the adoption of the first declaration of human rights in 1948. Although history there has been many protests surrounding human rights- from ancient Rome to the Civil war in America, this day finally recognises the rights that have be fought for throughout all of history. We may take them for granted but something as simple as freedom of speech or being able to choose where to eat were once issues that were fought for by people who were denied access to them, the 10th of December allows the world to see what progress has been made. Even though human rights have come so far we still have issues surrounding equality within races, religions and sexuality. So, even though during the month of December Christmas may become all consuming, on the 10th day of the month take some time to think about how lucky you are and appreciate what has been done to get to where we are today.