Make it a reality - not just a dream

Make it a reality - not just a dream

Fifty years ago this month, the United Nations, responding to the horrors of the Holocaust, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For the first time in history, the Declaration created a standard of human rights that all the world's nations were challenged to uphold. The opening of the Preamble sets the tone:

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

The American Jewish Committee, as historians have noted, played a critical role in securing the inclusion of human rights in the UN Charter and in formulating the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Through our Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, we continue to press for human rights norms to be enforced around the world.

On this 50th anniversary-and during this holiday season of rededication and renewal-we call upon all people to resolve again to make universal human rights a reality, not just a dream.

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