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The 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
an article by David Inkey

I have long believed that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the most impressive, significant document of modern times and now we are in its 60th Anniversary Year. What should we do about this event?

A group of Human Rights "elders" has a sign-up page on the Internet at, hoping to garner a billion signatures this year for the 60th Anniversary.

If little else, I believe we should spread awareness of this monumental document and while just signing a commemorate document isn't much, the Ralph Bunche Institute gives us at least that option......and if we share our commitment widely enough we may generate an enormous general commitment.....I have personally undertaken a massive email adventure of sharing the UDHR "elders" appeal (or plea) for a billion sign ups..... I appeal to all CPNN readers to assess their feelings about the UDHR and to consider participating in this endeavor....This is not a one day, December 10th event for each year, this is a daily endeavor of universal declaration and of universal rights..... a declaration of universal rights not yet universalized...

[Editor's Note: The "elders" are a very impressive group of leaders of our time, including Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, and Graca Machel, President, Foundation for Community Development, Mozambique. The initiative is supported by many important organizations, including ActionAid, Amnesty International, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, International PEN, Witness, Realizing Rights, Save the Children and UNICEF.]


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This report was posted on February 13, 2008.