The UDHR was created as a way to codify a shared understanding of basic human rights
in light of the devastating mass genocide that took place during World War II. Now the most translated document in the world
, the UDHR was originally drafted by a group of appointed representatives from different legal
and cultural backgrounds across the globe to outline “the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” Since then, the UDHR has helped strengthen the international human rights movement
, which previously had no grounding in a formal document spelling out the basic “civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights” of all people. Two years later, in 1950, UNGA passed a resolution to establish Human Rights Day and invited all interested countries and organizations to recognize the holiday annually on December 10th.