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Celebrating Human Rights day on 10 December

Uniting voices, open data and the global commitment to human rights

10 December commemorates Human Rights Day, honouring the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This landmark document, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, stands as a testament to the intrinsic rights and freedoms for all individuals, irrespective of race, religion, opinion, or status. This year's theme, 'Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All,' reiterates the global commitment to universal human rights, emphasising dignity, equality, and justice across the globe.

Within this celebration, the UN spearheads a year-long initiative, highlighting universality, progress, and engagement. This initiative culminates in a significant high-level event in December 2023, announcing global pledges and visions for the future of human rights. The UDHR, translated into over 500 languages, remains the most multilingual document in the world and serves as the cornerstone for the protection of human rights, focusing on vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and migrants.

While not explicitly detailed within the Human Rights 75 initiative, open data principles align with the overarching goals, advocating for transparency, collaboration, and accessibility in information sharing practices. These principles resonate in the realm of human rights, facilitating informed decision-making and transparency in policies aimed at protecting human rights.

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