Make it clear this human rights day— #OurRightsAreHumanRights

30 November 2017

Human rights apply to everyone— and we’re asking children and young people to help us make this clear.

Sunday 10 December is Human Rights Day, which marks the anniversary of when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations.

The Declaration applies to everyone, but we think sometimes people forget this. Often, people don’t realise that children and young people’s rights are human rights, or that the UDHR applies to you as much as to anyone else.


If you’re a young person or child, in the run-up to Human Rights Day we’d like you to show people that your rights are human rights by looking through the UDHR to see if there’s a particular right you’d like to highlight you have. This ancient webpage from the BBC World Service has more information about all 30 rights in the UDHR, and explains them in a clear way with examples from around the world.

You can then share that you have this right on social media with the hashtag #OurRightsAreHumanRights. If you'd like, you can also include a picture by:

  • downloading and filling out this template with that right (or just using a sheet of paper, if you’d prefer), and
  • uploading your picture to social media on or before December 10 with the hashtag #OurRightsAreHumanRights.

Download our template.

Here are our examples from the Commissioner’s communications team. We thought it would be good to highlight human rights that people might not think of as “children’s rights”— but which are rights children and young people have.

An image of our comms manager Ezmie holding a sign with her chosen right: the right to paid holiday.

An image of our digital media officer Robert holding a sign with his chosen right: the right to protest.