Universal Human Rights Month

December is Universal Human Rights Month and December 10th is Human Rights Day.  70 years ago in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  A direct result of the aftermath of the human rights catastrophes of the 2nd World War.  But it addresses far more than catastrophic abuses.  It created a framework for human rights principles embodied in its 30 articles.  These spell out an individual’s political, social, economic, and cultural rights and encompass fundamental freedoms for all regardless of gender, race, religion or language.   

Explore this beautifully illustrated version of the UDHR which produced in partnership between the artist Yacine Alt Kac, the U.N. Regional Information Centre and the Office of the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights – Regional Office for Europe. Each page displays a separate article along with delightful drawings to reflect the spirit of their intention.

Brookens Library has a wide variety of books and documents with a focus on human rights including:  TheHuman Rights Paradox: Universality and its Discontents by Steve J. Stern& Scott Straus (2014) and TheInternational Human Rights movement: A History by Aryeh Neier (2012).  There are numerous publications with foci on specific countries as well as publications of historic prominence such as the Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg, 14 November 1945-1 October 1946.

Learn More about Human Rights Day