Today in History: Universal Declaration of Human Rights Proclaimed by the United Nations

“…throughout the world there are many people who do not enjoy the basic rights…without which no one can live in dignity and freedom.”  –   Eleanor Roosevelt, The Promise of Human Rights, (Foreign Affairs, April 1948).            

To commemorate this day, the following informative sites should be consulted: 370 different translations(from Abkhaaz to Zulu) of this fundamental document can be read; the Human Rights Library from the University of Minnesota contains over 60,000 documents; the Human Rights entry from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a substantive read; a human rights timeline from antiquity to the 21st century is replete with links; look at both the Council on Foreign Relations and Chatham House(Royal Institute for International Affairs) sites; for Congressional hearings on human rights, go to the  Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight; to find ongoing legislation in Congress dealing with this topic, go to GovTrack;  current annual reports on human rights can be read in Human Rights Report, Amnesty International Report, and Country Reports of Human Rights Practices; other reports and monographs can be found here;  and lists of human rights organizations can be found at this Yahoo directory. Last, but certainly not least, the following two sites provide excellent guides to the electronic resources available:  International Human Rights Research Guide, and ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law: International Human Rights.

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