Friday, December 9, 2011
Saturday December 10 is Human Rights Day. The day commemorates the adoption of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Although adopted as a UN General Assembly Resolution and not a binding treaty, the Declaration has become part of customary international law. It is often referred to as being part of the International Bill of Rights along with the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. These Covenants flesh out the rights identified in the Declaration and make them binding on states through treaty law. This year's theme for Human Rights Day is Celebrate Human Rights.
Also on December 10 the international community celebrates the International Day for Migrant Workers.