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Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70th Anniversary

December 10, 2018
Kris Kasianovitz
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December 10 is Human Rights Day.  2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In January 1947, the Drafting Committee  of the first United Nations Commission on Human Rights, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, US Ambassador to the United Nations, began their work to write the thirty articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  The Draft was completed in May 1948; and after subsequent discussion and amendments, the Final UDHR (A/RES/217A) was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

The thirty articles are concise and clear in their articulation of universal individual rights, a direct response to the violence and atrocities of World War II.

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The Stanford Green Library is a United Nations Depository Library; please contact us with questions about the UDHR or any other UN related research.


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Kris Kasianovitz

Head, Social Sciences Resource Group
Government Information Librarian, State, Local and International Documents