Wednesday, January 14, 2009

60th Anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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This year is the 60th Anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It's so sad that so few read or take it seriously. This is what I found on the UN Site:

On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following this historic act, the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."

Here's a link to the spoken word version of the Declaration:

If you'd like to sign a pledge to uphold the goals of the Declaration, go to this link:

To read the Declaration, please go to

Could you imagine a world in which every person lived and abided by this Declaration? We most certainly wouldn't be at war in Afghanistan or Iraq, Israel and Hamas wouldn't be in an undeclared war, and women and children (and some men) wouldn't be raped, trafficked or abused (see the UNIFEM YouTube video stream at
and the UNIFEM link
How do you think we can achieve peace and respect for human rights in the world?

To see what is happening in the world to refugees and displaced persons, check out UNHCR's YouTube video stream at

I won't repeat what I've already stated, so please look down along the right side of this blog and go into the archives to read my earlier posts or simply click on the following links:

Children Murdered for Political Gain, Yet Again

Looking for Humane, Peaceful Solutions in Gaza

Women and Gender-Based Hate Crimes

Niger Refuses Entry to Doctors Without Borders

Please Help the People of Burma

ADDENDUM 1/31/09
I just signed a petition requesting a Special Prosecutor be appointed to conduct an investigation of possible war crimes by the Bush Administration. Here is what I wrote:
The United States of America was a signatory to the Geneva Convention and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. No representative of the American people should feel they are above the rule of law, or have the right to create loopholes through which they can walk to violate the spirit, if not the letter of the law. Please pursue an investigation into possible war crimes committed by the Bush Administration and its authorized representatives.

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