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December 10, 20210

Rutger Bregman has written a hopeful book on the nature of humankind – Humankind, a Hopeful History. Reading it will shift your perspective on humanity and raise awareness on the importance of today’s date.

Quiting our favorite line from the book: “It is when crisis hits, when the bombs fall or the floowdwater rise – that we humans become our best selves,” – we honor the 73d anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the treaty which united Member States of different legal and cultural background of the United Nations General Assembly, in a single document known as the foundation of international humans right law. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the General Assembly of the UN on December 10, 1948 – as an obligation to create laws and build nations by having human rights as the principal groundwork. The end of the Second World War brought about tough lessons for all and humankind deserved a legal environment to strive for progress and reflect such learnings.

We observe today’s date and human rights with the words of one of the most prominent figures of the UN’s (Sergio Vieira de Mello): “It is human rights standards that tell us what are the basic rights of all people that must be protected by the law. The long struggle for social justice in this region is inspired by the desire to live in full freedom; it is inspired by the desire to exercise all rights: civil, cultural, economic, political and social.

Everyone is responsible to respect and be an advocate for human rights, not because the law stipulates so, rather because they constitute our foundation. States have taken the responsibility to respect and promote HR from the moment of adopting International treaties, which values have become part of domestic laws. 

Do you know that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated treaty in the internal community?

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