Universal Human Rights Month: What It Is and What It Means for You

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This December, we mark Universal Human Rights Month. Established in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights outlines the rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. This document is a cornerstone of international human rights law, and it reaffirms our shared commitment to upholding the dignity of every person. Despite this declaration, many people around the world still face discrimination and persecution because of their race, national origin, sex, gender, religion, age, language or other status. During this month-long holiday season, let us recommit ourselves to fighting for the universal human rights of all people.

How to Observe Universal Human Rights Month

December 10th is Human Rights Day, which marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document was created in 1948 as a response to the atrocities of World War II, and it has served as a blueprint for countries around the world ever since. In honor of this important day, December has been designated as Universal Human Rights Month.

So how can you observe this event? Here are a few ideas:

1. Read up on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document lays out the cornerstone principles that all human beings are entitled to, including things like freedom from torture and freedom of expression. You can find a copy of the Declaration here.

2. Reread the U.S. Bill of Rights. This document guarantees certain human rights to citizens of the United States, including things like freedom of speech and the right to bear arms. You can find a copy of the Bill of Rights here.

3. Volunteer for organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Human Rights Foundation. These organizations work tirelessly to research and document human rights abuses around the world, and they need all the help they can get. You can find a list of human rights organizations here.

4. Attend a discussion or lecture hosted by local organizations. Many larger cities have organizations dedicated to promoting human rights, and they often host events open to the public. These events are a great opportunity to learn more about human rights issues and what you can do to help fight for them. You can find a list of human rights organizations in the greater Philadelphia area here.

Universal Human Rights Month is the perfect time to educate yourself about human rights issues and what you can do to help fight for them. There are many ways to get involved, so pick one (or more!) of the suggestions above and get started today!

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