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2020 Observances

December 10: Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day, as defined by the Law Library of Congress, "is observed each year to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. The adoption of the UDHR was proclaimed in resolution 217 A (III)."  For legislation, Presidential Proclamations, and Executive Orders pertaining to this commemoration, visit the Law Library of Congress' Human Rights Day page.


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, it set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. - United Nations

Online Resources

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in printall human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights

Audio recordings of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in over 500 languages

Video recordings of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in sign languages 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: An historical record of the drafting process 

The legislative history of the UDHR from the Yearbook of the United Nations

The St. Johns River State College Library recognizes and is dedicated to its role as an agency "to support the creation of a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society" and endorses the American Library Association's related statements. The SJR State Library also supports the Florida Library Association’s Statement on Racial Justice. The SJR State Library and Learning Resources Department's events & observances provide resources and opportunities to explore cultures throughout America and around the world.