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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) the foundation of the international system of protection for human rights. The declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, now celebrated annually as International Human Rights Day. The thirty articles of the UDHR establish the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights of all people. The UDHR serves as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of member states themselves and among those in territories under their jurisdiction. It is a vision for human dignity that transcends political boundaries and authority, committing governments to uphold the fundamental rights of each person.

Source: Amnesty International


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Organization Links:

About.com Human Rights Site:
Weekly updates and news, message boards, and annotated links to related sites.

Amnesty International:
Amnesty International is the world's largest grassroots human rights organization. This site details the organization's current campaigns and provides access to its archive of reports.

American Association for the Advancement of Science Human Rights Action Network:
The AAAS Human Rights Action Network (AAASHRAN) provides
information about cases where scientists' human rights are violated and coordinates the efforts of scientists to appeal to governments on behalf of their colleagues.

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Human Rights Program Home Page:
General information about AAAS and how the Science and Human Rights Program functions.

Asian Human Rights Commission:
The AHRC is an independent non-governmental body that seeks to promote greater awareness and realization of human rights in the Asian region.

Derechos Human Rights:
First internet-based human rights organization whose purpose is to work for the promotion and respect of human rights all over the world.

Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI):
Independent, non-profit organization committed to the protection and promotion of human rights and democracy in Uganda.

Global Exchange:
Human rights organization devoted to building people-to-people ties between first and third world nations and promoting sustainable development.

Human Rights Internet:
International documentation center and network on human rights. Information on human rights education and resources, the United Nations, and more.

Human Rights Watch:
Nonprofit, non-governmental organization dedicated to the protection of human rights worldwide; investigates and exposes human rights violations and holds abusers accountable.

International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights:
Organization with branches in 34 countries monitoring human rights in Europe, former Soviet Union, and North America.

OneWorld.net:
Online magazine with news, feature articles, and special reports that focus on human rights and sustainable development.

Physicians for Human Rights:
PHR is a network of medical professionals that uses the knowledge of medicine to investigate and prevent violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights:
The UNHCHR is the international body responsible for monitoring compliance with UN treaties dealing with human rights and reporting on human rights conditions around the world.

Universal Rights Network:
Created to promote the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Includes people's stories, news, and heroes.




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