Every year, Human Rights Day is recognized across the globe on December 10th, commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The holiday celebrates all inalienable rights such as health care and a right to education, while also promoting all people to take a stand for the rights of others and themselves. Human Rights Day also recognizes human rights defenders everywhere and spreads the message that human rights are necessary for peaceful societies and sustainable development.
Wheaton North’s Amnesty International Club, which focuses on advocating for human rights, celebrated the holiday through participating in the Write for Rights project done by the Amnesty International organization. Club members wrote and sent letters for the resolution of different human rights conflicts across the globe. The club was able to write 15 letters to send to different government officials across the globe. This year’s cases were all about young people arrested or harmed for advocating human rights. Wheaton North’s Amnesty club is trying to follow these examples to put towards advocating in school.