Youth stand up for human rights

Youth protesters stand with signs while a young girl speaks into a bullhorn.
Photo: © OHCHR and Stand Up for Human Rights

On this Human Rights Day, under the universal call to action "Stand Up for Human rights," the UN and change agents worldwide aim to celebrate the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights.

The campaign, led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is designed to encourage, galvanise, and showcase how youth all over the world stand up for rights and against Climate change, racism, hate speech, bullying, discrimination, and climate change, to name a few.

Today, we amplify the voices of youth activists across the globe as they speak up against these important issues: 

Climate Change

Our planet is our future and young people are at the forefront of climate action and climate justice.

Climate change threatens our basic human rights. Watch this video to find out how Arshak Makichyan took to the streets every week to take action on the climate crisis.


Everyone has the right to be heard and young people are seeking out new ways to participate in decisions that have a direct or indirect impact on their wellbeing.

Young People must have the right to participate in decisions that affect them. Watch this video to find out how Gina Martin used the power of social media to make upskirting a criminal offence in her country. Youth voices must be heard.


Young people across the globe are pushing the message of tolerance and acceptance across boundaries.

Many LGBTI young people face discrimination in their everyday lives. Meet Bianka Rodriguez who is standing up for the equal rights and fair treatment. Human rights are for everyone – no matter who you are or whom you love.

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Campaign and videos produced by the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner and Stand Up for Human Rights.

Goals we are supporting through this initiative