Human Rights Day

75 Years of Human Rights and Labour Advocacy

On the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ILO Convention 87, ILO Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo calls for intensified efforts to promote and protect these rights and collectively strive for a future grounded in human dignity, freedom, and social justice.

Date issued: 10 December 2023 | Size/duration: 1:03


Seventy-five years ago, in the aftermath of war, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted.

That same year the ILO’s members adopted Convention 87, protecting freedom of association and the right to organize, safeguarding the rights of workers and employers to choose how, and by whom, they are represented.

These human rights were hard-won. And they remain essential for peace and social justice. We all have a duty to protect and support them - especially in times of conflict and insecurity.

At the ILO we pledge to redouble our efforts to promote these rights, and so support a future based on human dignity, freedom and social justice for all.