International Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day marks the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by United Nations (UN) members on December 10, 1948. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled. A Canadian, John Peters Humphrey, was the primary author of the Declaration. It is arguably the world's most influential document on human rights, inspiring human rights frameworks across the globe.

Read the Declaration in English, French, Spanish, and 552 other translations.

Each person plays an important role in shaping a society where diversity and inclusion are valued and human rights principles are reflected in our systems, policies, attitudes and behaviours. On Human Rights Day, all Albertans are encouraged to join communities across the globe as they celebrate our rights, as recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Visit the Commission's What are human rights page for information about your rights and responsibilities under the Alberta Human Rights Act and the programs and services of the Commission.

The Commission offers a flyer and poster called Celebrate all Year Round to remind Albertans of significant international, national and provincial days related to human rights and diversity. To order the flyer or poster fill out the Publications and Resources Request Form.