Celebrating Human Rights Day


On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its conclusion that, “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.” But today in Oslo, Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo’s seat stood empty. He is in a Chinese jail. The Chinese government successfully pressured 15 nations to boycott the reception honoring his work for free speech and elections. The mission of Eleanor Roosevelt and countless others who worked tirelessly to make the Declaration a reality is not yet complete. Today is a day to remember what the Universal Declaration stands for and to honor some of those dedicated individuals who have championed its principles. Who and what inspires your commitment to human rights? Vote on your favorite quote below, and share it with your friends in honor of Human Rights Day:

• “After experiencing a prolonged period of human rights disasters and a tortuous struggle and resistance, the awakening Chinese citizens are increasingly and more clearly recognizing that freedom, equality, and human rights are universal common values shared by all humankind . . .” –From Charter 08, co-authored and signed by Liu Xiaobo VOTED
• “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world…” –Eleanor Roosevelt VOTED
• “The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.” –W. E. B. Du Bois VOTED
• “True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. VOTED
• “Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit” – Ronald Reagan VOTED
• “Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere.” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt VOTED

Published on December 10, 2010


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