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World Marks International Human Rights Day

Countries around the world are marking International Human Rights Day.

In Armenia, opposition groups were planning a rally and a march in Yerevan to highlight the issue of human rights.

In Pakistan, authorities were calling on people to mark the day by participating in activities that promoted security, peace, and prosperity.

In Kazakhstan, there were plans to mark the day in several cities, but activists in the western city of Atyrau, where Islamic militants have been active, said local authorities were preventing them from holding events.

Kyrgyzstan's ombudsman led a ceremony that most rights activists and government officials reportedly avoided.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly 65 years ago, on December 10, 1948.

Based on reporting by RFE/RL's Armenian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Radio Mashaal services