It has been over sixty years since the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) was ratified on December 10, 1948. Since then, all 192 UN member nations have signed on to the declaration which guarantees universal protection against slavery, torture, and discrimination, and many other human necessities.
In honor of Human Rights Day, let’s reflect on the long way we have to go as a nation and world to live up to these basic principles.
Child Poverty: In 2006, 18% of children in the United States lived in families officially considered poor
Gay Rights: In many countries LGBT relationships remain illegal, and in come cases are punishable by the death penalty.
Human Trafficking: Slavery still exists. According to International Justice Mission, 27 million people around the world are held as slaves, and each year more than 2 million children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade.
By Mary Tharin