Friday, 12 December 2008

We Can Do Better

December 10, 2008 was the 60th anniversary of when the world came together (after the horrors of World War II) at the United Nations to unanimously pass the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

This powerful declaration states that every human being deserves dignity, freedom, and respect. It is the first blueprint for global rights establishing the fundamental freedoms for all people.

The UDHR started a global movement that literally opened prison doors, shut down torture and execution chambers, and caused the downfall of the worst tyrannies happening in the world.

Despite progress, 60 years later, millions of people are still denied basic human rights. Many governments still show more interest in abusing power than respecting those they lead. We only have to look at what has happened in Iraq (Abu Ghraib) or if we are willing what is going on in Darfur.

There is a wonderful video that I want to share with all of you entitled ‘The Price of Silence.’


glorv1 said...

And I agree with that declaration of freedom for all people. This time of year it is a good reminder. Thx for sharing Renee. Have a great Friday.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Thank you so much for leaving me a comment--I'm glad to meet you! Your blog is beautiful--strong and funny and meaningful. It's great to meet new friends!

taylor said...

Auntie Renee,
I love music; it speaks to my soul.
I loved this video... made me want to change my career path and work for the UN. (haha, funny but true.)
ps. loved last night!! too funny!!

Anna Lefler said...

Man, I just love your blog. Thanks so much for the very sweet comment on mine this morning. That just made my day and then some!

The feeling is muy mutual!!

Talk soon...



YayaOrchid said...

Beautiful and timely reminder for all of us. Thank you for sharing Renee!