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 www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week's commentary follows:
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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This is David Harris of AJC.