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Dec. 10: 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Julia Strimer

In 2018, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

After World War II, a committee headed by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt wrote a special document, which “declares” the rights that everyone in the world should have—the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The UN adopted the declaration on Dec. 10, 1948.

Since then, December has become known as Universal Human Rights Month and Dec. 10 is Human Rights Day.

The declaration holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s most translated document, in over 500 languages.

The UN has launched a website that gives access to information about the UDHR and actions and events at the click of a mouse. The website features a closer look at each of the 30 articles of the Declaration, as well as a section where you can download UDHR related materials – such as posters, the special commemorative logo and banners.

There are also suggestions for how you can join us to make a difference for stronger respect, greater freedom, and more compassion.

You can “Take Action” to promote, engage and reflect on the UDHR. Article 1 states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

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