Take a closer look at some of the events and stories taking place across the world to stand up for human rights.


Podcast: Values-Based Narratives

December 2021 - In the first-ever UN Human Rights podcast, we speak to Jose Antonio Vargas. Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Tony-nominated producer, and a leading voice for the human rights of migrants. He founded Define American, an organization that focuses on narrative change.

From North Kordofan to Angers: Moussa’s story

December 2021 - UN Human Rights teamed up with Reuters Plus Visual Journalist Maurizio Martorana, who recently travelled to northern France to meet up with Moussa, a Sudanese refugee living in Angers.

Changing the narrative on migration by learning from each other

December 2021 - “To build greater trust and a more inclusive society, we need to look at what we have in common,” says Fiona Servaes, migrant rights activist. “Resilience, compassion, hard work, determination: these are characteristics and values that anybody can have, and remembering this can help us connect to each other, no matter where we come from.”

How art can evoke community

December 2021 - Ellena Ekarahendy designed the powerful illustrations which are at the heart of our campaign. Ekarahendy is a visual communication designer based in Jakarta, Indonesia, and believes in ‘good design for good deeds.’

Photography 4 Humanity 2021 Global Prize

10 December 2021 - Discover powerful human rights stories from photographers around the world in the Photography4Humanity online exhibit.

Promoting the voice of indigenous women through music

9 December 2021 - In Costa Rica, Indigenous women use music to break the barriers of inequality

Young people launch a conversation series on human rights education with their peers

7 December 2021 - Join a group of youth educators on 10 December, Human Rights Day, for the first in a series of global conversations on human rights ahead of the launch of a multimedia educational tool...

Human Rights Day 2021: All human, all equal

29 November 2021 - On Human Rights Day this year, we’re calling for a new social contract with equality at its core. By addressing deep-seated discrimination with human rights, we can move towards a fairer and more inclusive world – because we’re all human, and we’re all equal.

Anti-racism day 2021

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March) we celebrate the young human rights defenders who, through their global engagement for equality and inclusion, build solidarity, lead change and stand up against racism.

Anti-racism event 2021

Geneva, 16 March 2020 - Tune in for the 21 March event, presented by Peace One Day.

Join us to express your support for human rights

16 February 2021 - Add your photo to one of our filters, inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and share it on social media.

  • I will respect your rights regardless of who you are. I will uphold your rights even when I disagree with you
  • When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will stand up
  • I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.

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