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Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on December 10th. This date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on December 10, 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global announcement of human rights. The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred on December 4, 1950, when the General Assembly invited all member states and any other interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit.
Human Right's Day is a high point in the calendar of UN headquarters in New York City, United States, and is marked by both high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues.
It is also traditionally a time when the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded. Many governmental and nongovernmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social-cause organizations.
(information adapted from wikipedia)