10 December 2013

News: Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is commemorated annually on 10 December, the day when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948.  2013 marks several milestones: the 65th anniversary of the UDHR and the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, which called for the establishment of a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).  The theme of this year's Human Rights Day is therefore "20 Years of Working for Human Rights."

In recognition of Human Rights Day, Refworld has launched a Russian version of its database.  This development is part of the Asylum Systems Quality Initiative in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus project, which started in Spring 2013 and aims to improve the "asylum procedures and refugee protection in six EU neighboring countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine."

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