Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy International Human Rights Day, Everyone !

"On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."

Here's The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I wouldn't mind if it were edited very slightly. Change "Man" to "Human" and add some words about sexual orientation, perhaps. But the section about marriage is not bad, really.

Article 16.

* (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
* (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
* (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
has fascinating links.

Bruce Reilly had an article in Rhode Island Future two weeks ago....

I am grateful to Amnesty International and the War Resisters League although they might be missing an apostrophe.

Tomorrow is Grace Paley's Birthday. Thank you, Grace, for your wisdom and words and so much more.

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