Human Rights Day is celebrated each year to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.   

Human Rights Day events are designed to promote understanding and recognition of human rights around the globe. 


An annual Human Rights Day Lecture at the Library of Congress is sponsored by The Friends and other contributors.  This event is free of charge and open to the public.


Previous Human Rights Day Programs

In 2015, the Law Library of Congress and the Library's Africa and Middle East Division held a panel discussion on Islamic Law Reform.

In 2015, the Law Library of Congress and the Library's Africa and Middle East Division held a panel discussion on Islamic Law Reform.

2013: Rights of Refugees

Human Rights Day 2013 focused on the topical matter, Rights of Refugees, with a public panel at the Law Library of Congress. 

2012: Bioethics and Human Rights: Privacy and Consent

The Law Library celebrated International Human Rights Day 2012 with a panel discussion on Bioethics and Human Rights: Privacy and Consent.