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  • 10 December 2016

    International Human Rights Day is observed each year on 10 December. It was established to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948.

    The Declaration is one of the key UN achievements and the foundation of the international human rights protection system, which underpins the system of Covenants and Conventions.


    Despite significant progress on the global promotion and protection of human rights, the implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights remains a distant objective for a number of countries. The UN's message on this year's Human Rights Day is one of encouragement to people to become actively involved in and stand up for the rights of those who face discrimination or violence. On this day, particular regard should be paid to those who are committed to defending human rights and often put their safety, health and even life at risk.

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland marks each Human Rights Day by bestowing the Pro Dignitate Humana award to draw attention to outstanding individuals and groups who put human rights protection and helping the weak first. This year, Minister Witold Waszczykowski will present the award during the Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy conference to be held on 15 December 2016.


    MFA Press Office

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