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HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
December 10

The evolution of the human rights movement clearly illustrates humanity's ongoing struggle toward creating a better world.

Throughout 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.

After 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.

On 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.

Many 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.


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DO ONE THING for a Better World

1. Help raise awareness about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

2. Encourage your school to adopt anti-genocide curricular materials

3. Show a film like Hotel Rwanda, that raises awareness about genocide today

4. Hold a candlelight vigil for victims of human rights violations

5. Write a letter for human rights - amnestyusa.org/writeathon

6. Hand out Do One Thing Cards

7. Support organizations defending human rights

8. Organize or participate in a community service or awareness-building event or activity on Human Rights Day

Links

Write For Rights

Human Rights Day
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
UN CyberSchoolBus - Human Rights In Action
UN's Dag Hammarskjold Library Links
UN - Human Rights
UN Works for Human Rights
UN Global Issues - Human Rights
UNESCO - Human Rights Education

Amnesty International
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Body Shop Human Rights Award
Carter Center
Center for Human Rights
Changing The Present: Human Rights
Global Exchange Human Rights Award
Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights First
Human Rights Internet
Human Rights Library
Human Rights Watch
International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Liberty Human Rights Award
Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders
Reebok Human Rights Programs
Rights International
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights
Southern Poverty Law Center
Thorolf Rafto Foundation for Human Rights
Universal Rights Network
Witness
Women's Human Rights Net
Worldview Rights

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Human Rights Day - December 10


Mahnaz Afkhami

Kofi Annan

Hannah Arendt

Roger Nash Baldwin

Harry Belafonte


Carol Bellamy


Peter Benenson

Benazir Bhutto

Stephen Biko

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Charlotte Bunch

Jimmy Carter

Dalai Lama

Michael Douglas

Shirin Ebadi

Martin Ennals

Dr. Paul Farmer


Peter Gabriel


Mohandas Gandhi

Akbar Ganji

Fannie Lou Hamer

Dag Hammarskj÷ld

Dorothy Height


Maria Julia Hernandez


Hubert Humphrey

Robert G. Ingersoll

Bianca Jagger

Asma Jahangir

Thomas Jefferson

Van Jones

Chief Joseph

John F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy

Irene Khan

Craig Kielburger

Kim Dae-jung

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bruno Kreisky

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Barbara Lee

Abraham Lincoln

John Locke

Luiz Lula da Silva

Nelson Mandela

Bob Marley

George Mason

Federico Mayor

Rigoberta Menchu

Aktham Naisse

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Dith Pran

Thorolf Rafto

Jose Ramos-Horta

A. Philip Randolph

Mary Robinson

Eleanor Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia

Carl Sagan

Ginetta Sagan

Malika Sanders

Mother Teresa

U Thant

Arnold Tsunga

Desmond Tutu

Alirio Uribe Mu˝oz

Elie Wiesel

Harry Wu

Lida Yusupova

Leyla Zana

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