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December 10, 2013

Where do human rights begin?

Originally written for the 2013 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study

"Where do universal human rights begin?” Eleanor Roosevelt’s question concerns the crowning achievement of her public service. In 1947 she chaired a United Nations committee of members from various political, cultural, and religious backgrounds charged with drafting a human rights declaration for all the world’s peoples.

Human Rights display at UN Over a year and 1,400 votes later, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. This landmark document represented the first international recognition that human rights and fundamental freedoms apply to every person, everywhere ...

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December 9, 2013

Human Rights Day - December 10

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About Human Rights Day

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February 18, 2013

Remembering Dr. Ralph J. Bunche: Black Hisory Month

Ralph Bunche from UN PhotoI passed through Ralph Bunche Park at 43rd Street and First Avenue on Sunday. And it wondered me why the story of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche's life is not told more often.

A political scientist, academic, writer, and diplomat, Bunche took part in planning for the creation of the United Nations. He was an adviser to the U.S. delegation for the "Charter Conference" of the United Nations held in 1945. He took part in drafting the UN Charter. Along with Eleanor Roosevelt, Bunche played a key role in the creation and adoption of the Universal Declaration of ...

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January 2, 2012

Toward a More Humane Future - Article 4

Toward a More Humane Future is a devotional study on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for use by individuals or groups.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 4
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Scripture

For freedom Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a   yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1

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December 26, 2011

Toward a More Humane Future - Article 3

Toward a More Humane Future is a devotional study on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for use by individuals or groups.


Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 3

Everyone has a right to life, liberty, and security of person.

Scripture      

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everlasting stream.

Amos 5:24

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And ...

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December 19, 2011

Towards a More Humane Future - Article 2

Toward a More Humane Future is a devotional study on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for use by individuals or groups.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 2

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social original, property, birth, or other status.  Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing ...

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December 12, 2011

Toward a More Humane Future - Article 1

Toward a More Humane Future is a devotional study on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for use by individuals or groups.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.  They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Scripture

In everything do to others as you would have them do to you, for this is the law and the prophets.
Matthew 7:12

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December 10, 2011

Toward a More Humane Future

On Human Rights Day, 2011, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations is pleased to announce the launch of Toward a More Humane Future, an online devotional study on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for use by individuals or groups.

The 210th General Assembly (1998) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to “celebrate the affirmation of the dignity and value of human life affirmed in the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ and the International Bill of Human Rights, rejoicing in the hope that has been given to multitudes around the world; grateful for the vision that still ...

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November 12, 2011

What has the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) said about human rights?

Human rights have been the focus of many statements by General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations.

The Bible does not use the phrase “human rights.” However, Jesus stated, “I have come in order that you might have life in all its fullness.” He proclaimed that his calling included release of the captives, sight for the blind, and liberty for the oppressed. With these words, Jesus expressed his concern for what is ours because we are created as God’s children—and that is the realm of human rights. The biblical concepts of justice ...

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November 12, 2011

What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

Eleanor Roosevelt Quote on Human RightsThe Declaration was one of the first major achievements of the United Nations. Its adoption marked the first time in history that a document considered to have universal value was adopted by an international organization. It was also the first time that human rights and fundamental freedoms were set forth in such detail. There was broad-based international support for the Declaration when it was adopted. Sometimes described as a Magna Carta for all humanity, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights represents a common statement of goals and aspirations — a vision of the world as the international community would want it ...

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December 10, 2010

Speak up Stop Discrimination - Human Rights Day 2010

December 10 is Human Rights Day. From the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study comes this prayer from Eleanor Roosevelt, chair of the committee that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our Father, who has set...

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November 16, 2009

Emrace diversity, End discrimination,

December 10 is designated as Human Rights Day - a day to mark the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Presbyterian United Nations Office and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program offer a variety of materials to...

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December 6, 2008

How Can I Work for Human Rights?

December 10 marks the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Conventions implementing the Declaration have been written, ratified, and entered into force, yet human rights violations remain still widespread. How can the average person...

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