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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

Today is the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is a remarkable document reflecting the highest idealism of what human rights are. The reality of politics and history has often seen aspects of it unattained, even by the most progressive and enlightened societies. It stands as a beacon for all mankind to seek to realize..


Every Human Has Rights

If you have never read this remarkable document I urge you to today on this day, its
60th Anniversary. http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html You might be surprised at the high standard set. for instance Article 25 encourages universal health care as a right. Hopefully, this will be attained during the Obama presidency in the US.


Canadians should be particularly proud of this document as one of our own was the drafter of the original document, http://www.mcgill.ca/about/history/pioneers/humphrey/. He was one of those shy Canadian academics/jurists who quietly did great things through the UN. He is little know to most of us. He merits our attention. Before his death he was honoured for his work.

There were others who worked on this document and polished Humphrey's first draft. Read this brief history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights

The wonderful Eleanor Roosevelt was a significant contributor representing the United States.
She called this document the "magna carta" for human rights.

Over the years, this document has set the standard for International Law in the area of human rights and the betterment of societies.


It you would like to put a badge or widget on your blog go here, http://www.everyhumanhasrights.org/badges-and-widgets

2 Comments:

At 5:48 PM, Blogger KGMom said...

Philip--in so many ways, Canada has led the way for the rest of the world. You have every right to be proud.
And I can revel just a touch in being 1/4 Canadian!

 
At 10:18 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Philip,

Thanks for the reminder about the anniversary. This is a great post and I enjoyed learning more about Human Rights Day.

I read your previous post and you do have a LOT of snow. We have very little here. We got some last weekend, but then it rained on Tuesday and it all disappeared. We got snow overnight Tuesday night and there were many collisions because of the icy roads.

Take care and be careful making that path to the shed.

Blessings,
Mary

 

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