December 10: Human Rights Day. The anniversary of the date in 1948 when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted.
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December 10, 1948 - the day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. There's background on the UDHR on the UN website, at Wikipedia and, lest his role be forgotten, the Evatt Foundation.
In honour of the sixtieth anniversary of this important document I reproduce it in full here:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Amnesty International does some spectacular name-dropping in the following paragraph from the foreword to their 2007 Annual Report, released yesterday:
Ever worried about all these new anti-terrorist laws? Ever worried that their wide-ranging discretionary powers would be used for entirely non-terrorism related reasons? Well, it happened in Australia this week.
The Australian cricket team was threatened with action under the Australian Passports Act 2005 if they went ahead with this September's planned tour of Zimbabwe.
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
- Patrick Henry, Richmond (Virginia), 23 March 1775
The future of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy is in grave doubt following the publication of an opinion poll in New Zealand on Monday. The poll found that 53% of those people questioned support the banning of New Zealand sporting teams from touring countries "that violate human rights".
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are among the hardest hit locations as a result of Sunday's earthquake and tsunami, being close to the epicentre of some of the quakes. There are fears that some or all of the races indigenous to the archipelago, namely the Great Andamanese, Onges, Jarawas, Sentinelese and Shompens, may have been wiped out entirely.