Today is UN Human Rights Day

December 10, 2008

UN logo(Via BBC News):

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The 30-point document was adopted by the UN in 1948, the aftermath of WWII, and emphasises rights and freedoms that are held to apply to everyone in the world.

But I also understand that, for example, Muslims will say that there’s nothing in the Declaration that wasn’t already in the Koran.

Also, much still needs to be done to fulfil the ambitions set down in the Declaration. For too many women around the world, domestic violence remains a daily reality, and millions upon millions of people still do not have access to adequate food and clean water.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the Declaration is needed now as much as in 1948:

“The challenges we face today are as daunting as those that confronted the Declaration’s drafters,” Mr Ban said in a statement.

The world faces a “food emergency and global financial crisis” and “there is political repression in too many countries,” Mr Ban said.

“As ever, the most vulnerable continue to be on the frontlines of hardship and abuse.”

He urged “those who are spared the most negative effects of disaster, poverty or instability” to not “turn a blind eye” to rights abuses.

“The cascading effects of abuse and indifference can eventually engulf the entire planet.”

Link to overview of the Declaration of Human Rights (UN website)

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