Take stock of the state of human rights today and reflect how each of us can stand up for human rights, every day.

The campaign is an opportunity to mobilize a global constituency to stand for rights. Partner with UN Human Rights to plan a high-level moment to take stock and reflect on human rights, or consider the following ideas:

What you can do

  • Publicise the progress your country/organisation/company has made in human rights, as well as the remaining gaps.
  • Hold thematic discussions/international conferences about the challenges and opportunities for human rights, past and present.
  • Create an award to recognize the extraordinary achievements in the field of human rights.
  • Participate in the global events organised by UN Human Rights near you.

Past events in 2018

Shine Your Light

Leading up to the 10th December 2018 – the actual date of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration – OHCHR launched a month of activation, across the world’s regions, to spotlight the centrality of rights to the daily lives of people everywhere. We engaged diverse audiences around the world, calling on them to #Stand Up for the Declaration’s enduring universal principles. See what's happening near you

High Commissioner Dialogues


The High Commissioner Dialogues were a chance for High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to be in conversation with thought leaders worldwide, to look at the legacy of the Declaration and its future purpose. These thought leaders are drawn from across the spectrum of subjects from sports to the courts to politics and more. Go to the dialogues

Other events

See other events around the world highlighting the importance of human rights.

  • 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.

people have stood up for human rights

We can all be Human Rights Champions

Tweet, Instagram or YouTube your action using the hashtag #Standup4humanrights.

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