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2022 Human Rights Day

This year's Human Rights Day event theme will be “Reaffirming Human Rights in Seattle.” The hybrid event will be held at Town Hall on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 7:00 - 8:30pm.

More information will be provided in the coming weeks. 


2020 Human Rights Day

This Human Rights Day, the Seattle Human Rights Commission spotlights Black Voices.

Community members from King County Equity Now, Decriminalize Seattle, Converge Media, Black Trans Task Force, and Morning March Seattle will navigate a discussion on the Black Experience in Seattle.

Thursday, December 10, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM PST

Flyer for 2020 Human Rights Day Celebration

Click here to register.

The celebration of Seattle Human Rights Day provides an opportunity to honor a Seattle-area organization or individual who has advanced human rights locally, nationally, or internationally.

Take a few minutes to think about our local human rights leaders. Is there someone who should be recognized on December 10, 2020? If so, fill out this form at https://bit.ly/SHRC_Noms_2020


2018 Human Rights Day

The 2018 celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights focuses on intersectionality of human rights in Seattle. Opening remarks by Tammy Morales, Co-Chair of Seattle Human Rights Commission.

Panelists: Aaron Oravillo, Seattle Human Rights Commission, moderator Allan Nyaribo, Olympia Poetry Network, presenting artist Katrina Johnson, Public Defender Association Alisa Bernard, Organization for Prostitution Survivors Monserrat Padilla, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network


2017 Human Rights Day

Celebrate the 18th Annual Human Rights Day event on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7 pm at Seattle First Baptist Church with the Seattle Human Rights Commission, Seattle Office for Civil Rights and our Human Rights Day planning partners and sponsors. The event is free and open to the public. Reception begins at 6PM. The program begins at 7PM

This year’s keynote speakers are Ethel Branch, Nikkita Oliver, and Jorge Baron.

This event is accessible, including an ASL interpreter in attendance.
Call (206) 684-4540 to request an accommodation or email marta.idowu@seattle.gov. Information about Seattle Human Rights Day is available in other formats on request.

Human Rights Day commemorates the anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted December 10, 1948.

2017 Human Rights Day Flyer


This material, as well as reasonable accommodations for meetings and events, is available on request for people with disabilities. To request an accommodation, call (206) 684-4500 or complete the accommodations request form on seattle.gov/americans-with-disabilities-act.

Seattle Human Rights Commission

The Seattle Human Rights Commission advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on human rights issues, elevating community voices to ensure a greater public awareness for human rights concerns and creating actionable objectives for local officials.