Advancing Human Rights Education in Connecticut 70 Years After UDHR

Eleanor Roosevelt, chairman of the Human Rights Commission, and Charles Malik, chairman of the General Assembly’s Third Committee (second from right), speak at a press conference after the completion of the Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Declaration turns 70 this month. (United Nations Photo)

Seventy years ago this week, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris. This milestone document, on Dec. 10, 1948, established a common standard of fundamental human rights for all peoples and nations in response to the atrocities committed during World War II, and sought to protect and safeguard those rights for future generations.

“All anniversaries provide a moment to reflect and take stock,” says Glenn Mitoma, an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the Neag School. “The UDHR was written in the aftermath of World War II, a catastrophic moment in history that has important lessons for us today. We can use this anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on and rededicate ourselves to the goal of a more just, equitable, and inclusive world.”

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