Upcoming Human Rights Observances

International Day of Democracy 

International Day of Democracy 

The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world.

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International Day of Peace 

International Day of Peace 

The International Day of Peace is celebrated annually on 21 September and is a United Nations-commissioned global holiday.

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International Day for Universal Access to Information

International Day for Universal Access to Information

Find out the dates, history and traditions of International Day for Universal Access to Information [UNESCO]

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International Day of Non-Violence 

International Day of Non-Violence 

Sharing the message of non-violence through education and public awareness.

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International Day of the Girl Child 

International Day of the Girl Child 

Promoting girls' rights, highlighting gender inequalities and addressing discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the globe.

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National Stop Bullying Day

National Stop Bullying Day

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 

17 October presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty.

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World Development Information Day 

World Development Information Day 

Improving the dissemination of information leads to a greater awareness of the problems of development,

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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 

In the past twelve years more than 1,000 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public.

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International Day for Tolerance 

International Day for Tolerance 

On the day of its fiftieth anniversary, 16 November 1995, UNESCO's Member States adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.

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Universal Childrens Day

Universal Childrens Day

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Africa Industrialization Day 

Africa Industrialization Day 

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 

71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and 3 out of 4 of these women and girls are sexually exploited.

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 

Find out the dates, history and traditions of International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 

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Genocide Prevention Day

Genocide Prevention Day

A day to raise awareness of the Genocide Convention and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide, as defined in the Convention, and to commemorate and honour its victims.

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Human Rights Day 

Human Rights Day 

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International Day of Neutrality 

International Day of Neutrality 

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International Human Solidarity Day 

International Human Solidarity Day 

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Universal Hour of Peace 

Universal Hour of Peace 

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day

Honors the 13th Amendment, which formally abolished slavery and was officially approved on February 1st 1865.

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Red Hand Day

Red Hand Day

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World Day of Social Justice  

World Day of Social Justice  

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Zero Discrimination Day

Zero Discrimination Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Zero Discrimination Day  [UNAIDS]

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International Womens Day

International Womens Day

Women occupy only 24% of parliamentary seats worldwide.

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World Social Work Day

World Social Work Day

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World Consumer Rights Day

World Consumer Rights Day

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National Freedom of Information Day

National Freedom of Information Day

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National Rosie the Riveter Day

National Rosie the Riveter Day

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Harmony Day

Harmony Day

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Find out the dates, history and traditions of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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Right to Truth Day

Right to Truth Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims 

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Slavery Remembrance Day

Slavery Remembrance Day

For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history.

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Detained Staff Day

Detained Staff Day

A day to mobilize action, demand justice and strengthen our resolve to protect UN staff and peacekeepers, as well as staff in the non-governmental community and the press.

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SAAM Day of Action

SAAM Day of Action

The SAAM Day of Action takes place at the start of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda 

International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda 

On April 7th, the Genocide Memorial Day public holiday in Rwanda memorialises victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

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National Day of Silence

National Day of Silence

A student-led national event where people take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school.

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Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare 

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare 

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare 

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International Day of Living Together in Peace

International Day of Living Together in Peace

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Find out the dates, history and traditions of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

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Child Victim Day

Child Victim Day

A day to acknowledge the pain of the children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental, and emotional abuse.

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World Day Against Child Labour

World Day Against Child Labour

Find out the dates, history and traditions of World Day Against Child Labour

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