Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was issued by the United Nations soon after the end of the Second World War. It is available on the UN website in about 365 of the world's languages. More than 50 years later it is of course still not universally respected and followed. I understand that people have even been punished for translating or publishing it.
At a recent Amnesty UK regional meeting someone held up a copy of the Declaration and said that it in his opinion it represented Amnesty's goals.
Thanks to Patrick Corrigan in the Belfast and Beyond blog on this website who brings us some elegant and powerful writing by Seamus Heaney about the Declaration.
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