All You Need to Know About Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Michele Moreno
December 11, 2017

The meeting will begin the day after Human Rights Day, celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which will turn 70 next year. Human Rights Day was formally established at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on December 4, 1950.

What did the document proclaim?

The ICJ Kenya said the declaration is a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

"In commemoration of International Human Rights Day, we renew our commitment to our core democratic values and to advocating for the human rights, freedom, and dignity of all people".

How can Human Rights exist in a world where children do not have equal rights at birth since these are determined by a document called a "passport" which dictates whether or not they have rights just due to their parents' status or because they were born one side or another of an invisible line called a "frontier" which someone drew on a map three centuries ago, for instance, without any consideration at all for the people living there? We have to uphold the rights which protect us and promote the kinship of all human beings. Let us stand against those negative forces.

The statement said the promotion and protection of their rights was "crucial" for stability, economic growth and development of the country.

The Human Rights Institute of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Academy of Social Sciences on Saturday issued a white paper claiming North Korea defended human rights, based on a thorough study on the human rights situation on a worldwide scale for the past almost seven decades since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our Government remains committed to working in closer collaboration with our provincial, territorial, and Indigenous partners in implementing our worldwide human rights obligations and commitments, including the shift towards basing relations with Indigenous peoples on the recognition of Indigenous rights. Governmental and non-governmental organisations active in human rights conduct special events to commemorate the day. UN Information Centres around the world will also launch commemorative activities.

Based on this common standard, human rights crucially allow lawful and unlawful conduct, justice and injustice and equality or the lack of it, to be identified and addressed.

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