Today marks the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). According to Larry Cox, Director of Amnesty International the UDHR:

came out of the horrors of World War II, the Great Depression and, of course, the indescribable horrors of the Holocaust that made the world realize that something had to be said about basic human rights,” Cox says. “It was no longer a question of individual states doing whatever they want to for their citizens, because the way that governments treat their citizens affects the whole world and especially the peace and security of the whole world.

I only became deeply familiar with the UDHR in the past few years, working with organizations to think about using a Human Rights framing in social justice work here in the United States. Before that time, I didn’t have an in-depth understanding. So for folks who are wondering, “Well, what does the Declaration say?” check out the clip below which gives us a breakdown of the 30 articles of the UDHR.

Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch outlines the legacy of UDHR, and the ACLU has set up a petition for people to sign, calling on the US government to recommit to the principals and ideals of UDHR, and recommit to principles of justice for all people of this world, regardless of borders, at a time where there is renewed hope, a renewed commitment for a new moral leadership. Lord knows, we need it.

So, tell us, do you remember what opened your eyes to human rights?