December 10th marks the 60th anniversay of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In 1948 the Universal Declaration visionary "is best illustrated by its own words: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights… Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person… All are equal before the law.” It then lays out a list of specific rights, ranging from the rights not to be tortured, enslaved or arbitrarily detained, via the rights to freedom of opinion, expression and religion to a range of key social, economic and cultural rights, such as education, health, and the right to equal pay for equal work.
Today, the principles laid down in the Universal Declaration are echoed in the Constitutions and laws of more than 90 countries.
However there is still great concern that the world's poorest individuals and communities suffer human rights violations. Next year has been designated the International Year of Human Rights Learning.
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