International Human Rights Day promotes "universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion."

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  • On December 10, 1948, is International Human Rights Day, the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration affirms basic rights for all people, regardless of who they are or where they live. These rights include civil, political, economic, social, and cultural freedoms.

    The declaration followed World War II, in which many communities suffered and were denied human rights based on factors including race, religion, or sexual orientation.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    human rights Noun

    basic freedoms belonging to every individual, including the rights to social and political expression, spirituality, and opportunity.

    race Noun

    arbitrary grouping of people based on genetics and physical characteristics.

    religion Noun

    a system of spiritual or supernatural belief.

    United Nations Noun

    international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.

    World War II Noun

    (1939-1945) armed conflict between the Allies (represented by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union) and the Axis (represented by Germany, Italy, and Japan.)