I know this is a little late, but I still thought it would be a good idea to share:
December 10th is a significant day for human rights every where. Sixty-one years ago that day in 1948, the the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. This document proclaimed thateveryone, no matter race, gender, religion, etc., had equal rights as part of the entire human race.
The Universal Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly by a vote of 48 in favor, 0 against, with 8 abstentions (all the Soviet Bloc states, Byelorussia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Ukraine, USSR, as well as Yugoslavia, South Africa and Saudi Arabia).
Another interesting piece of history regarding the UDHR is that Canadian John Peters Humphrey was called upon to work on the project and became the Declaration’s principal drafter. At the time Humphrey was newly appointed as Director of the Division of Human Rights within the United Nations Secretariat.
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