Human Rights Day is celebrated annually on the tenth of December. This day marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. According to Wikipedia (yes, I know I shouldn’t cite this as a source) the day is normally marked both by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues. If you were ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the award would be presented to you on December 10 in Norway. One’s chances of winning the prize could be 1 in 7 billion, but I digress.
In South Africa, the holiday is celebrated on March 21 annually. This marks the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre. On that day 69 people were killed near the police station in the township of Sharpeville. They were killed as they protested pass laws in apartheid South Africa. UNESCO marks March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in memory of the massacre. From SABC, this year’s theme was ‘Celebrating 20 years of changing lives through human rights’. South Africans commemorated the day by sharing messages of solidarity through social media.
At ALA, the day was marked by students showing their support for different human right issues as seen below: