Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10th every year. In 1948, on this day the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which became the first universal international instrument to protect human rights and freedoms. Exactly two years later, in 1950, the UN adopted a resolution calling all states and international organizations to establish December 10 as Human Rights Day.
Thanks to the participation in drawing up the Declaration of representatives of different legal and cultural systems from different countries of the world, it fully enshrines the universal values and common achievements of all peoples and countries of the world. The Declaration proclaims the equal dignity and worth of every person. The Declaration and the obligations to abide by its principles, adopted by the participating States, have helped to protect millions of people and lay the foundation for efforts to build a more equitable world for all. The Declaration has been included in the Guinness Book of Records as a document translated into more than 400 languages and dialects, which testifies to its universal character and the importance of its global distribution.
The human rights bodies and public and educational organizations of the Donetsk People’s Republic traditionally carry out all kinds of activities on this day. They are aimed at awareness-raising of the population on human rights and their protection, explaining the essence of law and the activities of legal institutions.
In order to ensure guarantees of state protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens, foreigners and stateless persons living in the territory of the DPR, as well as to prevent any form of discrimination, the post of the Human Rights Ombudsman in the DPR was established in 2014, which is held by Daria Morozova. The Ombudsman and the Ombudsman’s Office were established in the challenging days of state-building of the Republic and since then have served to observe all the principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.