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Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th Anniversary

On December 10, 1948, five days prior to my birth:
The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."
Since 1950 the anniversary of the declaration has been known as Human Rights Day.

Read the Declaration in any one of 337 languages

Celebrate Human Rights Day and the 60th anniversary of the UDHR. Stand up with people all over the world who want to make human rights a reality for everyone.

The UDHR declaration sets down the basic principles at the very heart of the human rights movement. It has enabled remarkable progress in human rights, inspiring international human rights standards, laws and institutions that have improved the lives of many around the world.

For each month of the anniversary year, Amnesty International has highlighted one aspect of its campaigning work.

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Fire Up!

On this significant anniversary, people will be gathering together in hundreds of places all over the globe, to light a candle, fire or flame as part of a mass demonstration

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As global citizens, we should all consider what we are doing in our daily lives to make human rights a reality. Sign up and you’ll receive an email with a link to download your PDF Passport for Human Rights.

UDHR Articles

Every human has rights. That is the essence of our humanity. It places on each of us the duty to stand up, not just for our own rights but also for those of others - and to help turn the vision of the UDHR into a reality.

Watch and Listen

Afropop Artists celebrate UDHR's 60th Anniversary

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed on 10 December 1948 in the wake of the horrors of World War II, the artists share their songs which were inspired by the struggle for human rights.

UDHR film

The 20-minute video brings to life the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in brilliant colour.

As I'm sure many won't strike the links and visit the site pages, and video's, further information, I'm adding the following video, they don't have an embed code so I grabbed the video to post and others to use.

Sixty years of human rights failure

Amnesty International has challenged world leaders to apologize for six decades of human rights failure and re-commit themselves to deliver concrete improvements.

Over these last years, Especially, our Country, the United States, has lost any Moral Authority we thought we possessed, in our description of ourselves and our condemnation of others!

It will take the coming generations years to build back to what we did posses, many years, and it will take all of us to do the very hard work that will entail, To Get Back Any Of What We Call Moral Authority, Real Moral Authority!

Originally posted to jimstaro on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 02:27 AM PST.

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  •  Light a Candle for Human Rights n/t (18+ / 0-)

    "How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans."

    by jimstaro on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 02:28:19 AM PST

  •  the struggle goes on (0+ / 0-)

    Death of the UDHR

    the whole year should have been a year of celebration, instead we have shame on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

  •  the topic is on a lot of minds today (5+ / 0-)

    but I do not think any of our diaries should be deleted, as each takes a slightly different perspective.  The piece by Meteor Blades will get the most attention, but perhaps if enough people are reminded, they may begin to think a little more deeply about the importance of this - and related - documents.  And hopefully a new administration can reemphasize human rights.

    As a side note, one of the real heroes of the Carter Administration was Pat Derrian, wife of Hodding Carter, who served as Assistant Secretary of State with the brief for Human Rights.  When Chile finally restored democracy after Pinochet, she was the most prominent American invited to the presidential inauguration.

    I never served in combat, but was in the military during Vietnam.  It is interesting that on this issue - human rights - both those of us who served and those who opposed Vietnam as did Meteor Blades find such common ground.  It is a realization that once the first step towards denial of rights to anyone begins, the slippery slope rarely halts before atrocities under the rubric of war.


    do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

    by teacherken on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 03:11:54 AM PST

  •  Action for preservation of UDHR is here, join up (0+ / 0-)

    Death of the UDHR

    the whole year should have been a year of celebration, instead we have shame on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

    It funny that this dairy lists Amnesty International as seeking apology !! what a joke..

    go here and see people with grievances under Australian Laws that have been enacted as part of ICCPR or ICERD, and AI blew them off.


    •  Why don't you write your own shameful (5+ / 0-)

      diary on the importance of this anniversary instead of trying to high jack Jim Staro's?

      That all people, everywhere, need to be more diligent in asserting the Rights of Humans is a given. I have great hope that in the next few years, America's moral certitude will be greatly improved.

      "Man's life's a vapor Full of woe. He cuts a caper, Down he goes. Down de down de down he goes.

      by JFinNe on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 04:02:10 AM PST

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  •  Dkos pet project? co-write enforceable HR doc! (0+ / 0-)

    Another suggestion what you can do to help secure the implementation of Human Rights worldwide.  This projects focuses on creating enforceable human rights documents as the next step in the evolution of the Human Rights.

    As Eleanor Roosevelt said, "the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." 2048 collects people's dreams about how humanity can live together in peace and prosperity, with protection for our environment, based upon a set of legally enforceable universal human rights. 2048 is the next step as humanity gradually puts its social contract in writing. The Internet is the key, our website enables our Project.

    One possibility for a framework is the strengthening and expansion of regional human rights documents such as the European Convention on Human Rights and the African Convention on Human Rights. Another is the strengthening of the twin Covenants on Civil and Political and Economic, Social and Cultural rights by making them enforceable in the domestic courts of all countries. Yet another possibility is to draft an International Convention on Human Rights as a codification of rights from existing regional documents and the Covenants within a single document enforceable in the courts of all countries. All of these possibilities, and more, are at the heart of the "drafting through dialogue" approach of 2048.

    •  not sure republicans would want that LOL (1+ / 0-)
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    •  The link to 2048 Project (1+ / 0-)
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      The mission of the 2048 Project is to draft an international framework for enforceable human rights that can be in place by 2048, the 100th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

      2048 is a project within the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law at the University of California, Berkeley, Law School

      reposted comment btw folks

      •  That's Fine but...... (0+ / 0-)

        What most will do is just ignore the Human Rights Violations for another 40yrs., while at the same time bitching about them, and here thinking We Rule The Roust And Can Condemn Others while paying no attention to our actions.

        The original, along with the other written ideologies we claim we follow, should not only be common sense and logical but should be embedded in our minds telling us right from wrongs and trying to exist in the rights!

        "How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans."

        by jimstaro on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 05:49:07 AM PST

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  •  Good morning Jim (2+ / 0-)
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    It is a magnificent document.

    Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
    Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

    Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
    Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
    Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

    Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

    Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

    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.

    The reason people don't learn from the past, is because the past was a repetitious lie to begin with. Mike Hastie U.S. Army Medic Vietnam 1970-71

    by BOHICA on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 05:22:44 AM PST

    •  Mornin Brother (0+ / 0-)

      yes it is, and it like the others show the shallowness of the Human Animal, not with or in the Document and it's road map, but in many who can't incorporate it into their existence and life style!

      "How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans."

      by jimstaro on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 05:51:51 AM PST

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  •  The Declaration is an important (2+ / 0-)
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    starting point. I also think that a lot of emphasis needs to be placed on economic justice. Most, if not all, countries, have formally outlawed slavery for example, but it persists, partly because of extreme poverty. This is where it gets really difficult, because if you threaten the economic status quo, you run the risk of dying in many developing countries.

    •  cant be a starting point after 60 years surely (0+ / 0-)

      why are we rebooting after a man's lifetime, when the COLLECTIVE UNDERSTANDING OF THE HUMAN CONDITION AND THE HUMAN EXISTENCE, should be so well understood as to make UDHR obsolete? especially after WWII

      not civilised as we think hey?

      •  You have a point. (0+ / 0-)

        It's far easier to pass a law than to do anything to enforce it or address the underlying causes for the law being violated. I still think that we need such laws on the books, and it's better than having no such law or laws that allow abuse.

  •  Obama, the Middle East (1+ / 0-)
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    Nobel peace laurate urges Mideast focus for Obama

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari urged U.S. President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday to delve into solving the Middle East conflict in his first year in office, calling it a knot that could be untied.

    "How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans."

    by jimstaro on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 06:07:09 AM PST

  •  Excellent post my brother. (2+ / 0-)
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    jimstaro, testvet6778

    Well done sir.

    "The truth shall set you free - but first it'll piss you off." Gloria Steinem

    Iraq Moratorium

    by One Pissed Off Liberal on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 07:25:20 AM PST

  •  U.S. Weapons at War (0+ / 0-)

    Major New Report Details the Global Impact of Arms Sales and Military Assistance

    As the world marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this week, a new report from The New America Foundation finds that U.S. arms transfers are undermining human rights, weakening democracy and fueling conflict around the world.

    "How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans."

    by jimstaro on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 01:54:10 PM PST

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