On Dec. 10, 2017, the world is celebrating the Human Rights Day. This year marks the 69th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations.
On this occasion, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reminded about Ukrainian political prisoners.
“This day, we remember all of our fellow citizens – Ukrainian political prisoners, who are unlawfully detained by Russia. I am thankful to our international partners, who together with us put efforts into releasing the captives. I am sure that truth and justice will win. The situation in the occupied Crimea, where in the circumstance of Russian occupational power, the rights of Ukrainian citizens are violated every day, is painful. And this tendency is only expanding. Not only Ukraine is fighting for them, but the whole world stood up in their defence,” the President said.
The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on 4 December 1950, when the General Assembly declared resolution 423(V), inviting all member states and any other interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit.
The day is normally marked both by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues. In addition, it is traditionally on 10 December that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded. Many governmental and non-governmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social-cause organizations.