Global Human Rights Vision

David Harris's weekly commentaries on the CBS radio network reach millions across the U.S. The radio initiative was launched in 2001.

December 2, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


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Sixty-five years ago this month, the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

AJC is proud of the role we played at the time in securing adoption.

Following the devastation of the Second World War, the UN sought to define the basic human rights to which everyone should be entitled.

Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the declaration’s authors, said “it may well become the international Magna Carta” of all humanity.

Decades later, Pope John Paul II referred to the declaration as “one of the highest expressions of the human conscience of our time.”

It puts human rights – and human dignity – at the center of how the world ought to work.

Tragically, though, some countries don’t comply. From Iran to Syria, North Korea to Sudan, certain regimes disregard human rights daily.

Until the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ noble vision is achieved everywhere, none of us should rest easy.

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