1948 December 10

Human Rights Day: Universal Declaration of Human Rights Adopted


Human Rights Day is celebrated to mark the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  by the UN Assembly on this day.

The Preamble to the Universal Declaration (excerpt):

“Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to  the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this  Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education  to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive  measures, national and international, to secure their universal and  effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member  States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their  jurisdiction.”

Read the full Universal Declaration: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml

Read Eleanor Roosevelt’s December 9, 1948 Speech: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/eleanorrooseveltdeclarationhumanrights.htm

Learn more: Mary Ann Glendon, A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (2001)

Hear ACLU Director Anthony Romero give his Human Rights Day message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5JIrzf1KaU

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