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50 years of Human Rights

On 10 December it is fifty years ago that the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in Paris adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Forty-five member states recognized the fundamental rights of the individual in thirty articles. Fifty years later the Universal Declaration is still the foundation for the protection of human rights worldwide and for the human rights movement.

Many national and international institutions commemorate this fiftieth anniversary. Naturally, the United Nations themselves, but also the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Amnesty International Nederland, the Ministry of Foreigh Affairs and the Platform 50 Jaar UVRM. The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in the United States has a very extensive site dedicated to human rights.

This spring PTT Post released a stamp to commemorate the event.


Last modified: 2 December 1998   Golden oldies
Editor: Bert Zeeman