Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

Eleanor Roosevelt holding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a poster in English, Lake Success, New York, November 1949The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the basic international pronouncement of the inalienable and inviolable rights of all members of the human family. The Declaration was proclaimed in a resolution of the General Assembly on 10 December 1948 as the "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations" in respect for human rights. It lists numerous rights - civil, political, economic, social and cultural - to which people everywhere are entitled.

 

The UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) set up a Universal Declaration of Human Rights Drafting Committee. Members of this committee were Eleanor Roosevelt (United States), René Cassin (France), John Humphrey (Canada), dr. Charles Malik (Lebanon) and dr. P.C. Chang (China). This composition demonstrated that the creation of the Universal Declaration was truly an international effort.

 

10 December is designated as Human Rights Day. Every year many activities are organized around the world.

 

The photo shows Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President of the United States, holding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a poster in English, in November 1949 at Lake Success, New York which was then the location of the UN Headquarters (UN Photo # UN 23783).

 

 

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Official Universal Declaration of Human Rights homepage with the text in more than 300 languages.

 

 

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights 10th anniversary (1958)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 15th anniversary (1963)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 25th anniversary (1973)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 30th anniversary (1978)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 40th anniversary (1988)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 50th anniversary (1998)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th anniversary (2008)

 

International Year for Human Rights

 

Human Rights Day

 

Regional African Meeting of the World Conference on Human Rights, Tunis

World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna

 

 

Related persons

 

Cassin, René

Roosevelt, Eleanor

 

 

Stamp catalogue - general issues

 

Belgium                         24 November 1962

Belgium                         26 October 2002

Biafra                            1970

 

 

Stamp catalogue - various issues

 

Benin                            4 November 1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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