The planning committee for the Tennessee celebration of International Human Rights Day has set a date for the 2016 event.
The Tennessee Celebration of International Human Rights Day occurs on or around December 10 each year, as that is the recognized date for Human Rights Day, as declared by the United Nations.
“Human Rights Day is a time for human rights leaders to come together and inspire the next generation,” says planning committee chair Rev. Brian Fesler, pastor of the Church of Scientology.
The celebration centers around the presentation of awards to human rights champions in three categories: Rising Advocate, Outstanding Service and Lifetime Achievement. Past recipients of these prestigious honors have included the Rev. Bill Barnes, Rev. James “Tex” Thomas, Kwame Lillard, Rosetta Miller Perry, Father Joseph Breen, Gatluak Thach, First Baptist Capitol Hill, and many more. The full list can be seen online at tnuhr.org.
A committee of human rights organizations and nonprofits, including the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, Metro Human Relations Commission, United Nations Association, Amnesty International, Tennessee United for Human Rights, the Church of Scientology and others, work together each year to plan the event.
This year’s celebration will take place on December 6, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the First Amendment Center.
The committee plans to feature many different human rights organizations, especially the Tennessee governmental and non-profit agencies that have commitments to the thirty rights as laid out in the UDHR. Organizations who wish to participate may contact the organizer through www.tnuhr.org.