NEW YORK -- The United Nations marked Human Rights Day on Monday by declaring that everyone has the right to be heard and to shape the decisions that affect their lives and communities.

"International law is clear: No matter who you are, or where you live, your voice counts," U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the day.

Minorities speaking out for themselves during protests included anti-war activists in Kabul, Afghanistan; exiled Tibetans in New Delhi and Rajasthan, India; and activists in Myanmar opposing a recent police crackdown on demonstrators there.

In Argentina, President Cristina Fernandez oversaw a fireworks display on Sunday, a day ahead of time, during a rally celebrating the 29th anniversary of the nation's return to democracy.

Here, in images, are scenes from World Human Rights Day as marked by people from around the world:

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  • Protesters watch an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on board a mock tank set on fire by them as they commemorate International Human Rights Day near the Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines, on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The group called the Aquino administration alleged human rights violators. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Photographs of Tibetans who have allegedly self-immolated themselves in protest against Chinese rule, hang from a wire during a rally to mark World Human Rights Day in New Delhi, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. At least 86 people have set themselves on fire since 2009. The Nobel Peace Prize is also awarded each year on Dec. 10, which the Dalai Lama was awarded in 1989. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)

  • An exiled Tibetan Buddhist man prays during a rally to mark World Human Rights Day in New Delhi, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. At least 86 people have set themselves on fire since 2009. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

  • Exiled Tibetans wear headbands during a rally to mark World Human Rights Day in New Delhi, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. At least 86 people have set themselves on fire since 2009. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, South African Navanethem Pillay addresses her statement on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Keystone/Salvatore Di Nolfi)

  • Activists and supporters of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) hold torches as they participate in a protest march to mark International Human Rights Day in Srinagar, India, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. More than 68,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the outbreak of the insurgency in the region in 1989. Pakistan, Kashmiri separatist leaders and human rights groups have been demanding a reduction in India's military presence in Kashmir. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

  • Exiled Tibetans tie balloons to pictures of Tibetans who they say have self-immolated during a rally to mark World Human Rights Day in New Delhi, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. At least 86 people have set themselves on fire since 2009. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

  • Holding placards which read "The violence is not solution," activists march in protest against recent violence in central Myanmar, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in downtown Yangon, Myanmar. About 50 activists staged the protest to mark International Human Rights Day. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • An Afghan woman marches as others hold photos of Afghans who were killed in the past three decades of war and violence, during a demonstration for human rights in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. In a demonstration organized by the Social Association of Afghan Justice Seekers, dozens of Afghans who have lost their family members and relatives in the past three decades of war and violence in Afghanistan, marched in Kabul to mark International Human Rights Day asking for justice for the deaths of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

  • Children of Indian sex workers walk in a rally to mark International Human Rights Day in Kolkata, India, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The rally was held to demand equal rights for the sex workers and their family. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

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    Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a ceremony to mark International Human Rights Day in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • Indonesian students perform as suspects in corruption arrested during an anti-government protest to mark International Anti Corruption Day in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Monday, Dec 10, 2012. Protesters staged the protest accusing the government of failing to fight corruption and improve human rights. (AP Photo/Abbas Sadji)

  • Called by UNICEF the demonstrators form a human chain on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on the bridge "Pont des Bergues", in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Keystone/Salvatore Di Nolfi)

  • A Pakistani woman holds picture of her missing son and another holds an identification card while they take part in a demonstration to mark World Human Rights Day in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Dozens of people filed cases demanding the whereabouts of their missing family members allegedly detained by the state's intelligence agency for their suspected link with militants. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

  • An Afghan protester, chants slogans on a loudspeaker during a demonstration for human rights in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. In a demonstration organized by the Social Association of Afghan Justice Seekers, dozens of Afghans who have lost their family members and relatives in the past three decades of war and violence in Afghanistan, marched in Kabul to mark International Human Rights Day asking for justice for the deaths of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

  • An activist wears a bandana with a photo of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez during a rally to mark the 29th anniversary of the return to democracy in Argentina, on the eve of the Human Rights Day, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Late Argentine President Raul Alfonsin took office on December 10, 1983 after seven years of military dictatorship. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • Exile Tibetans march wearing portraits of Tibetans who have allegedly immolated themselves in protest against Chinese rule, during a rally to mark World Human Rights Day in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. At least 86 people have set themselves on fire since 2009. Tibetans also mark Dec. 10 as Nobel Peace Prize Day, the day the Dalai Lama received the Nobel peace prize in 1989. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)