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In Focus

Take a closer look at some of the events and actions taking place across the world to highlight how we can stand up for someone’s rights. Join us and together we will make a difference.

Children pose in a camp for internally displaced people in Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi
International Day for the Elimination of Racial DiscriminationOn 21 March, the world commemorates past and present fights against racism and racial discrimination. Read more
Sokhna Diara Diouf with her classmates of the CEM les Martyrs school of Thiaroye, Dakar, Senegal, February 2017. ©OHCHR/Aissata Ba
A story for International Women's Day: A girl's education comes first, marriage will follow later Thanks to her human rights training, a pupil prevents an early marriage and stands up for girls’ education. Read more
Faces of people who stand up for human rights
Stand up for someone’s rights today—Your stories This month, we feature some of the stories of how you have stood up for someone’s rights, including campaign to promote respect for the rights of LGBT people in Latin America and assisting doctors with disabilities in India. Read more
Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
Stand Up Story: Students gathered in Norway ask “Discrimination, why?” Students in Trondheim, Norway, build bridges for tolerance, diversity and the respect for everyone’s dignity and human rights. Read more
© OHCHR
Stand Up Story: St. Ivo School updates and revamps “The Golden Rule” to focus on human rights Students from St. Ivo School in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom, illustrated updated human rights—making them more relevant for the 21st Century. Read more
© EPA/Olivier Hoslet
Dollars and Sense: How – and why – the private sector needs to stand up for human rights Read the opinion piece by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on why the private sector must stand up for human rights today. Read more
© UN Photo/Fardin Waezi
Human Rights Day On 10 December, the UN Human Rights Office celebrates Human Rights Day 2016 by launching the global campaign “Stand up for someone’s rights today.” Read more

Global Activities

21 March 2017

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Each year, the international community commemorates the International Day against Racial Discrimination on 21 March and remembers the 69 protesters who were killed that day in 1960 in South Africa while demonstrating against the racist ideologies of Apartheid. On this day, the world is reminded of the values of racial equality and non-discrimination first enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Get inspired by the UN High Commissioner's statement and find out how you can stand up against racism.

10-19 March 2017

International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights

The FIFDH is an international event dedicated to film and human rights. For the past 15 years, the festival has taken place in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland, parallel to the main session of the UN Human Rights Council in March. Check out the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights video statement to the festival.

8 March 2017

International Women's Day

On this day, the world celebrates the rights of women and girls. To get inspired, read the story of Sokhna Diara Diouf standing up for the right to education. Have questions about women's rights? Check out our special #WomensDay Facebook Live on 8 March at 4pm (CET). Leave your questions here! #StandUp4HumanRights www.facebook.com/unitednationshumanrights. And to learn how a backlash against women’s rights progress hurts us all, check out the statement of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

17-20 January 2017

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland

As hundreds of business leaders convene in Davos, Switzerland, to ponder global challenges, the private sector must show they are responsible actors who will step up and play a critical role to uphold the values that keep all the world's people safe. Read more

10 December 2016

Human Rights Day

This international day is celebrated by the global human rights community and the whole United Nations family. Activities are planned across the world to commemorate the signature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Read more