Today is Human Rights Day, a celebration established several decades ago by the United Nations which commemorates the December 10, 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration is known as the most universal document in the world, “translated…into more than 380 languages and dialects.” The United Nations describes its fundamental purpose:
The Declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, consists of a preamble and 30 articles, setting out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all men and women, everywhere in the world, are entitled, without any distinction.
It’s appropriate that today is also the day that The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, in 1964. (Watch the video here.) So many around the world have struggled to have their fundamental human rights recognized and respected. Today is most definitely a day of celebration, but also serves as a reminder that we must remain vigilant to not only establish legal recognition of human rights for everyone around the world, but also to enforce this recognition.
For us on the Crossing the River team, today marks a special time that links us, not only as fellow human beings, but also as a team behind a film about the violation of a person’s rights, to the larger cause of universal human rights. The UN has a hashtag you can use to make your voice count, so be sure to use this on Twitter: #VoiceCount
Articles 1-3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
You can read the entire UDHR (Articles 1-30) by clicking here.