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U.N.'s Human Rights Day to recognize activists

The United Nation's annual Human Rights Day taking place on December 10, 2010 will recognize the outstanding efforts of humanitarians who fight discrimination around the world, continuing the tradition that began in 1948 when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was first adopted.

"Acting alone or in groups within their communities, every day human rights defenders work to end discrimination by campaigning for equitable and effective laws, reporting and investigating human rights violations and supporting victims," some of which are well-known, others of which work behind the scenes at "great personal risk to themselves and their families," writes the U.N. on its website.

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged followers to "defend the defenders" by supporting the work that they do.

Human rights abuses occur internationally and locally, and all work done in the global defense of human rights will be acknowledged.

Those who wish to join the fight against human rights abuses can join various outreach and non-profit initiatives in their communities as well as donate to a number of causes.
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