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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) turns 60 on 10 December 2008. On Human Rights Day 2007, the United Nations Secretary General launched a year-long UN system-wide advocacy campaign to mark this important milestone. The initiative celebrates the Declaration and the promise that has made this document so enduring: “Dignity and justice for all of us”.

The campaign aims to increase knowledge and awareness of human rights among the largest number of rights holders so that they can claim and enjoy their rights. Many governments, civil society, educational, cultural and human rights institutions have taken the opportunity during 2008 to reaffirm their commitment to the values and principles of the UDHR and to disseminate information about the Declaration.

As part of the commemorative year, the High Commissioner for Human Rights proposes that the week of 6 – 12 October 2008 be designated as “Dignity and Justice for Detainees Week”. OHCHR calls on all partners to pay special attention to the civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights of persons deprived of their liberty in prisons and other places of detention.

A number of public information documents, including a special logo, more than 443 translations of the UDHR, photographs and background information as well as a list of ideas for activities, are at your disposal to help you commemorate this anniversary. All documents are downloadable and printable for your convenience. They may be helpful in any event you may be preparing. Visit this page frequently for updates.  

Campaign materials:

Logo Logo:
User's guidelines
UDHR in booklet form

UDHR in booklet form:
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Information Kit

Information Kit 2008:
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Information Kit 2007:
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Posters Posters:
Declaration poster
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Leaflet of the UDHR Leaflet of the UDHR
(A4 format):

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E (Letter format)
60th Anniversary poster 60th Anniversary poster 
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"Info60" Newsletter about the campaign "Info60" Newsletter about the campaign:
Special Edition - E | F | S
Issue No. 5 - E | F
Issue No. 3 - E | F | S
Issue No. 2 - E | F | S
Issue No. 1 - E | F
List of ideas for activities List of ideas for activities:
Campaign tips (Word)
Photo gallery Photo gallery

Film project

Stories on Human Rights

Messages and statements

Navi Pillay,
High Commissioner for Human Rights
Statement for Human Rights Day 2008
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Ban Ki-moon,
UN Secretary General

Message for Human Rights Day 2007
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Louise Arbour,
High Commissioner for Human Rights,
Statement for Human Rights Day 2007
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Speech commemorating Human Rights Day 2007

Summary statements of Human Rights Day event

Commemorative events

Detainees Week initiative

2008 UN Human Rights Prize

Human Rights Day 2007 webcast

Official Human Rights Day event:
Programme (Word)
Modalities (Word)

Related information

United Nations - Human Rights Day 2007

Know Your Rights 2008

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

UDHR in 413 translations

Universal donorship appeal

The history of Human Rights Day

Council of Europe