Today let’s Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights!

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Today highlight’s many important breakthroughs brought about by the landmark UN document, and to remind the world that the human rights of millions are still being violated on a daily basis.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, pointed out that women played a prominent role in drafting the document: Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the drafting committee, and women from Denmark, Pakistan, the Communist bloc and other countries around the world also made crucial contributions. Consequently, the document is, for its time, remarkably free from sexist language, almost always referring to “everyone,” “all” or “no one” throughout its 30 Articles.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN on 10 December 1948 and has been translated into a world record 500 languages – is rooted in the principle that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” It remains relevant to everyone, every day.

In honour of the 70th anniversary, the United Nations is urging people everywhere to “Stand Up for Human Rights”:

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