In 1950, the UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 of every year as Human Rights Day in an effort to raise awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human rights "as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations." Later, in 1993, a World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna developed the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action which renewed the effort to protect human rights globally.
On this Human Rights Day, we share two recent news stories about threats against human rights around the world:
TheJewishPress.com"Witholding Workers’ IDs a Form of Saudi Slavery"
by Yori Yanover
(Includes an interesting comparison between withholding worker identification in Saudi Arabia, slavery, and Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin)
"Giving Women in South Africa a Way Out of Sex Work"
by Rosie Spinks
For all the Twitter users out there, we also recommend that you follow Sites of Conscience (Sites of (@SitesConscience1h) which today asked "How do the lessons from the past help us address human rights issues today?" Check out their Twitter feed and also look up #HR2day for more on human rights today.
What are your reactions to the above articles? What do you see as the status of human rights today? How can organizations like the Stowe Center use "lessons from the past" to "help us address human rights issues today?" Share your comments below!