Joint commemoration of the Human Rights Week in Serbia to honour the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Belgrade, 3 December, 2018 - By marking the Human Rights Week from 3 to 10 December, Serbia will be on the global map of countries that mark this year's 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Within a range of events celebrating the fight for human rights, during the seven days, the public will be addressed by the right-holders – citizens, namely representatives of persons with disabilities, environmental protectors, seniors and volunteers, refugees and former refugees, youth and transgender persons.

Supported by the UN Country Team in Serbia, OSCE Mission to Serbia, EU Delegation to Serbia, Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, while tackling the most urgent issues and groups in the area of human rights protection, the very rights holders will manage the Human Rights Week and present their work, achievements and good practice examples from the perspective of human rights protection.


The seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration represents an opportunity for all engaged parties (intergovernmental organisations, government, UN Agencies, companies, civil society) to express, celebrate and stimulate support to human rights.


To mark the anniversary in Serbia, the UN Country Team in Serbia, in a partnership with the OSCE Mission to Serbia, EU Delegation to Serbia and Council of Europe Office in Belgrade will launch the Human Rights Week from December 03 (International Day of Persons with Disabilities) culminating with the main event on the occasion of the Human Rights Day (10 December). Throughout the Human Rights Week, a series of activities will be organised on a daily basis, with a focus on a specific issue or priority for the right-holders while reflecting on certain articles of the Declaration.


The main objectives of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and related campaigns are to motivate people across Serbia to consider how each of us can contribute to human rights, promote examples of good practice related to the impact of human rights and search further for the right-bearers and generators of change in the country.

About the Declaration

The Universal Declaration on Human Rights is an important document in the history of human rights. It was devised by various legal and cultural representatives from all regions of the world. The UN General Assembly pronounced the Declaration as the joint standard of achievements of all peoples and nations in Paris, on December 10, 1948. As the most significant document in the world, the Universal Declaration is as relevant today as it was on the day of its adoption.