December 10 is the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations’ General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of December 10, 1948

This December 10 marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that outlines the basic human rights we all deserve.

The project One Day for Human Rights seeks to educate the public about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the hopes that governments around the world will print it on the inside of our passports.

Behind this campaign is Jack Healey, director of Human Rights Action Center and human rights activist for over 40 years.

“Given that less than 5 percent of the world knows of its existence at this time, it seems that the only way to get the document seriously distributed is through the passports,” Healey says in his thank you message at One Day For Human Rights “What I want is for governments to own their own document. It is for all people, but governments need to acknowledge its existence. Because passports are the official representation of government, if the declaration is in all passports, it becomes an official documentation of the world.”

Healey asks that supporters write a letter to their senators and congressmen asking for the Declaration to be included on the inside of passports.

“It would send a good signal to the rest of the world that we intend to live by international standards and would signal that the new government is quite serious about protecting the rights of all people,” he says, noting he asked the Clinton administration and was turned down. “What I found out is that all it takes to get this done is a presidential order. It doesn’t need any new legislation.”

Read about how to get involved here. You can also:

Thanks to Atherton Bartelby and @anca_foster for bringing this to my attention.

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2 responses to “December 10 is the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  1. Atherton Bartelby

    I think it is so important that this cause be advocated as the UN originally intended it: universally. Thank you so much for highlighting this issue.

  2. John,
    Thank you so much for writing about One Day for Human Rights project and contributing to promoting our cause!

    I also want to mention that people can contribute in only 10 seconds to this cause, by signing the Petition to print the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in passport, found on the Human Rights Action Center:
    http://www.humanrightsactioncenter.org/petition/index.php

    Thanks again,
    Anca

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