10 December 2015

#HumanRightsDay 2015

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What is Human Rights Day?
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day (10 December 1948) the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year Human Rights Day highlights 'Freedoms,' recalling the four freedoms that underlie the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and two major human rights covenants, and first articulated in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his “four freedoms speech” to the US Congress.
 
In 1941 the world lived through dark times: the Second World War had started. In response, Franklin D. Roosevelt offered a clear vision for a better future centered around four freedoms (freedom of speech, of religion, from want, and from fear). Eleanor, his wife, helped his vision to be included in major UN human rights documents.



Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is the first memorial dedicated to the former President in his home state of New York. The Park celebrates the Four Freedoms, as pronounced in President Roosevelt's famous January 6, 1941 State of the Union speech.



A milestone document in the history of human rights, the most translated in the world, it was proclaimed “a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. “It sets out fundamental human rights to be universally protected. It consists of a preamble and 30 articles.



They are: The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both adopted in 1966.



The preambles and articles 1, 3 and 5 of the two International Covenants are almost identical.



It consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols.



It represents a veritable Magna Carta marking mankind's arrival at a vital phase: the conscious acquisition of human dignity and worth.


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