Today, we publicly support the right for all individuals to be heard and to participate fully in their societies.
We are awestruck by our Peacemakers’ in Action activism despite serious threats to their lives and liberties. We also commend our friends who vocally support and take action for interreligious respect and understanding in schools, workplaces, and health care settings.
On this day sixty-four years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This declaration gives international and widespread “recognition of the inherent dignity – and of the equal and inalienable rights – of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
On this Human Rights Day, the United Nations is “highlighting the right to participate (in decisions that affect the community) and the associated rights that make it possible – freedom of expression and opinion, and peaceful assembly and association.”
That is why we are heeding the U.N.’s call: “International law is clear: No matter who you are, or where you live, your voice counts. On this Day, let us unite to defend your right to make it heard.”
And so, we dedicate this week’s work, particularly our World Peace Wednesday, to Human Rights Day.
The Tanenbaum Community