December is Universal Human Rights Month

Universal Human Rights Month is a time to come together and recognize equality, justice, and the dignity of all humans. This month is a time to honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international document stating the basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. These rights include freedom from discrimination, the right to equality, and the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.


The Universal Month for Human Rights started in 1948 when the United Nations wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

How to Observe

  • Read a book about the Declaration of Human Rights, or about human rights in general: King County Library List
  • Spread the word on social media using #UniversalHumanRightsMonth
  • Go out of your way to treat everyone with respect, kindness, and equality
  • Teach others about why human rights for everyone are so important

Read more about Human Rights Day recognized on December 10: United Nations Human Rights Day

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