Poster: Universal Declaration of Human Rights


With the horrors of World War II fresh in their minds, the members of the newly formed United Nations came together to agree on the rights that belong to all members of the human family. These are rights we have without regard to nationality, race, gender, or religion. They are not the gift of any government; they cannot rightly be taken away by any ruler. It took two years for the first United Nations Commission on HUman Rights, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, to produce the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was adopted in 1948, and stands as the first comprehensive, internationally-approved statement of rights. Is the United States ready for human rights? See related articles at The Spring 2007 issue of Yes! magazine features articles o the theme of human rights.