Huffington Post, "Universal Day of Human Rights -- Implementing Its Ideals"
Supporters of Marys's Law in California and victims' rights everywhere take note: December 10th was International Human Rights Day recognizing the United Nations' adoption 63 years ago of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration was established in the aftermath of World War II and, for the first time, delineated rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. The 30 articles contained in the Declaration have since been codified in laws and treaties worldwide. The rights proclaim that all are equal before the law, entitled to equal protection of the law, and have the right to effective remedies for violations of fundamental liberties. In 1976, the International Bill of Human Rights, which includes the Declaration and other documents, became international law. To mark this year's anniversary, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights hosted a global conversation on human rights. - HTN Foundation
Universal Day of Human Rights -- Implementing Its Ideals
Today I am going to take the liberty of using the precious space I have on this screen to introduce you to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, because Saturday is the International Human Rights Day.
How many of us really know what the Declaration stands for? It was established in December of 1948, at the end of an eventful year during which Gandhi was assassinated while on a fast-unto-death protest in Delhi, Warner Brothers showed its first color reel, the pillars of NATO were set to restrain the Soviet Union, the Supreme Court ruled (in McCollum v. Board of Education) that religious instruction in Private Schools violates the US Constitution, Harry Truman signed the Marshal Plan, and the Arab-Israeli conflict escalated to the 1948 war that drove the Egyptians from the Negev and began the exodus of Jewish people from Arab lands into Israel.
It was a tumultuous year that came on the heels of a world war that pitted hemispheres against each other and placed ideologies at odds with one another. The winner would be measured by the burden of human bloodshed.
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