December 10, 1948
The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration was one of the UN’s first major achievements, and remains a powerful instrument and symbol worldwide. Article 23 of the Declaration recognizes the right to join a union and bargain collectively as a basic human right. The first draft of the historic document was written by a Canadian, John Peters Humphry. International Human Rights Day is celebrated annually around the world on December 10, in recognition of the ratification of the 1948 UN Declaration.