On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This is the guiding document of the human rights movement, and a cornerstone of International Human Rights Law. The UDHR was a watershed document, for the first time explicitly defining all of the rights that every member of our species can expect to have honoured, everywhere. The United States and Canada were signatories of this declaration.

In the 60 years since its adoption, the world has made great strides towards realizing the aspirations that the UDHR delineates. But we still have a long way to go. Here in the U.S., we're still dealing with issues of social justice, such as access to adequate health care, which the UDHR defines as a human right in Article 25. In recent years, under the Bush regime, we're back to dealing with issues of torture, unlawful imprisonment, and privacy, much to the world's dismay.

These are YOUR rights, as a member of the human family. You owe it to yourself to read over them, and be aware of what we, as a species, are working towards.
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