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Eleanor Roosevelt holds a poster of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1949)
10 December 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Human Rights Day is marked on 10 December because it was that day in 1948 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In a statement to mark the occasion, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said, "Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity."
The UN has scheduled several events to mark Human Rights Day. The UN General Assembly, for example, holds a session on human rights education to mark the end of the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education.