Celebrating Human Rights Day

On 10 December, UNRWA joins the United Nations in celebrating Human Rights Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption and proclamation, in 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

For over 60 years, UNRWA has worked to protect the rights of Palestine refugees - their right to knowledge, to health, to shelter. By ensuring that they can reach schools, clinics and the assistance they need, UNRWA seeks to help Palestine refugees enjoy their human rights to the fullest extent possible. In doing so, we not only enshrine the principles of the Universal Declaration, but also support the resilience and the strength of Palestine refugees, walking with them on their journey to a better future.

 
Environmental sanitation workers in Baqa'a camp

Environmental sanitation workers in Baqa'a camp, East Jordan. Photo Credit: UNRWA Archive, G. Nehmeh.

 
Students in the Auto Mechanics course at UNRWA's vocational training centre in Gaza Strip

Students in the Auto Mechanics course at UNRWA's vocational training centre in Gaza Strip. Photo Credit: UNRWA Archive, Kay Brennan.

 

Article 23: Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment…


 
An elderly Palestine refugee woman taking home her ration of milk and supplementary food

An elderly Palestine refugee woman taking home her ration of milk and supplementary food from an UNRWA centre in Khan Younis camp in Gaza Strip.

 
Souf refugee camp, Jordan

Souf camp was set up by UNRWA near the ancient Roman colony of Jarash in east Jordan for some 10,000 Palestine refugees from the West Bank.

 

Article 25: Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services…


 
Palestine refugee children at the UNRWA Play centre in Baqa'a camp, East Jordan

Palestine refugee children at the UNRWA Play centre in Baqa'a camp, East Jordan. UNRWA Archive. 

 
Beach refugee camp, Gaza

Ali and his sisters settle down to do their homework by the light of an oil lamp. UNRWA Archive, Jack Mavdo.

 

Article 26: Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.