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.
21 March 2017International 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 2017International 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 2017World 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 2016Human 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