|Human Rights Day|
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY (Dec. 10):
Though there are many differences among various faith groups, there are several beliefs that are held in common. One of the most important is that all human beings have dignity and worth that should be honored and respected. For people of faith who have worked to end torture, this belief has inspired and informed us as we do our work. In 1945 when the United Nations was created, its charter, undoubtedly influenced by this religious principle, affirmed the "dignity and worth of the human person."
On December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which affirmed this basic tenet of the UN charter. The nations of the world and several faith groups now celebrate December 10 as Human Rights Day.
NRCAT encourages its supporters to integrate the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the commitment of nations to end torture forever as a part of worship services and other activities leading up to and during the weekend of December 9-11, 2011.
Will your congregation participate? Please tell us what you're planning!
The following materials can be adapted for use throughout the year.
RESOURCES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
Unitarian Universalist Resources
In collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, NRCAT has developed some additional programming and resources specifically for Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Do you have suggestions for materials for other faith groups? Would you like to help us produce materials for other faith groups? Please contact us.
On December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which affirmed this basic tenet of the UN charter. There are 30 short articles in the UDHR. The first article states, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and human rights." The third article adds, "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person."
Article 5 states clearly, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." So the prohibition against torture derives from the agreement by the nations in the UN that the religious principle of honoring the dignity of human beings is an underlying principle for both nations and individuals. Thirty-six years later, on December 10, 1984, the UN General Assembly adopted the text of the Convention Against Torture, an international treaty ratified by the U.S. in 1994. The nations of the world and several faith groups celebrate December 10 as Human Rights Day. December 10, 2011 will be the 63rd anniversary of the signing of the UDHR.