Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:07

Human rights are important to me because...

Today we celebrate Human Rights Day and invite you to join the conversation about why human rights are important to all of us.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention "of the peoples of the world" the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.

To mark Human Rights Day, and to look ahead to the eighth year of Victoria's Human Rights Charter in 2015, we’ve asked you to tell us your experience of the Charter – what human rights means to you, what it does for Victoria and how valuing human rights can benefit all of Australia.

Below is a small sample of what those at yesterday’s Human Rights Oration had to say. View the full album on Flickr.

And the conversation’s only just started!

So, join the movement. Download the placard, write your message and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And visit us often!

P.S. Remember, if you’re tweeting, use #humanrightsvic

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