evolution of the human rights movement clearly illustrates
humanity's ongoing struggle toward creating a better world.
history, societies have usually been structured with a powerful
minority deciding the course of the lives of the majority.
Through the ages, people have worked to change those systems
so that they are fairer for everyone. As the world has become
more global and interconnected, the human rights movement
has been able to spread throughout the world, winning rights
for people everywhere. Many victories have been won, but
there is still a long way to go: Today there are still 27
million people in slavery ... Torture is still used by more
than 80 governments ... More than 1 billion people do not
have access to clean water ... and many other injustices.
the horrors of World War II, the United Nations was created
to provide a forum for countries to work out their problems
peacefully, and to help nations work together to create
a more peaceful, just and sustainable world for all. Protecting
and promoting human rights is one of the foundations of
the goals of the United Nations.
December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, which clearly outlined the
basic human rights and freedoms to which all people should
be entitled. This document continues to be a cornerstone
in the struggle for a better world.
people and organizations work throughout the year to help
protect human rights - often placing their own lives in
danger. Human Rights Day, on December 10, is an important
global occasion to remind us about the importance of protecting
human rights for all.