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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.

Radio stations stand up for someone’s rights
Radio stations stand up for someone’s rights Community radio in South Africa shows how it stand up for human rights in a recent competition sponsored by the UN Human Rights Office and the South African Human Rights Commission. Read more

Counter anti-migrant narratives

Messages of xenophobia targeting migrants are increasingly becoming part of political and public discussions, creating a climate of fear and intolerance. At a recent meeting in Geneva, experts and activists came together to talk about what could be done to combat negative narratives and stand up for the rights of migrants.
Stand up for someone's rights today - Your stories
Global midwives association calls on members to embrace defense of human rights A midwife hands a baby to his mother just after his birth in Lyon, France. The ICM represents more than half a million midwives across the world. Learn more
Stand up for someone's rights today - Your stories
Stand up for someone’s rights – Your Stories This month Stand Up features some of the stories of how you have stood up for someone’s rights. Learn more
Stand up for the rights of child migrants
Stand up for the rights of child migrants Gholam Hassanpour was 16 years old when he embarked on a journey with four friends across Iran and Turkey, travelling on foot or hiding in smugglers' trucks, before paddling across the Aegean Sea to Greece. Join Gholam and the UN Human Rights Office in urging States to protect the rights of unaccompanied minors and all child migrants and refugees. Learn more
International Albinism Awareness Day. ©UN Photo/Marie Frechon
International Albinism Awareness Day On 18 December 2014, the General Assembly adopted resolution 69/170, proclaiming, with effect from 2015, 13 June as International Albinism Awareness Day. On this occasion, the UN Independent Expert on albinism, Ikponwosa Ero urges us to combat violence and discrimination against people with albinism and underline the positive impact that collective efforts can have to this end. Learn more
Irish football stands up for human rights
Irish football stands up for human rights Football and human rights share so many fundamental values. This is why the Football Association of Ireland and the United Nations Human Rights Office have decided to partner on the occasion of the World Cup qualifier Ireland vs. Austria, on 11 June. Join the campaign, take action and inform yourself about human rights.
Opal Tometi
Opal Tometi: Standing up against racial discrimination Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, an international activist movement that campaigns to promote and protect human rights and dignity of Black people, spoke to us about why she stands up. Learn more
Your stories, May 2017
Stand up for someone’s rights today—Your stories This month Stand Up features some of the stories of how you have stood up for someone’s rights. Learn more
Smurfs stand up for human rights
The Smurfs stand up for human rights! Did you know that the Smurfs have joined us all by committing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals? Join #TeamSmurfs and #standup4humanrights for justice and equality to help build peaceful and inclusive societies. Learn more

Taking the Stand Up campaign to classrooms

UN Human Rights staff have developed simple lessons for children of ages between 6 and 12, to help them understand rights. The programme draws from the children's everyday life, what they observe as lack of rights and what each of us can do to stand up for human rights every day.
Faces of people who stand up for human rights
Stand up for someone’s rights today—Your stories This month, we feature more of the stories about how you have stood up form someone’s rights, including advocating for girls education in and standing up for child migrants in Libya. Read more
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
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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

12 June 2017

UNA-USA stands up for human rights

On 12 June, United Nations Associations of America college and community chapters joined the UN Human Rights Office call to "stand up for someone's rights today" through a new partnership. The goal of UNA-USA on the Stand Up Campaign is to empower a new generation of people in the U.S. to creatively amplify what they do in their daily lives to defend human rights and engage their decisions makers. The partnership allows chapters to apply for grants to support human rights activities and events, as well as engaging in the conversation online on human rights. Read more and join the conversation

31 May 2017

The International Bar Association stands up against torture

As the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture approaches, 26 June, the International Bar Association (IBA) is standing up with the UN Human Rights Office to jointly advocate for the eradication of this illegal and inhuman practice. Read more, join us and take action against torture

31 May 2017

Irish football stands up for human rights

The Football Association of Ireland and the UN Human Rights Office join forces at the World Cup qualifier Republic of Ireland vs. Austria, on 11 June. Preceded by two weeks of mobilisation by Irish supporters and international players about human rights, on social media and in clubs, the match will be a symbolic occasion to call on all fans to stand up for the essential values of football – and humanity. Read more

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