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2023 Human Rights Day Teach-In
November 29, 2023
On December 10, 1948, nations from regions across the world established the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UHDR), a document that explicitly lays out the fundamental human rights of people on a global scale. The declaration has 30 articles laying out a comprehensive framework for how we all can respect each other’s rights and freedoms, regardless of differences in culture, religion, nationality, or other aspects of our multifaceted identities.
On Sunday, December 10, the UU College of Social Justice will host a World Human Rights Day teach-in, an opportunity to come together and understand how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights came to be and how it informs our call to global solidarity in a time when human rights violations are rampant across the world.
From the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Afghanistan to Sudan, Palestine, and Nagorno Karabakh, there is a distinct dissonance between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ability to actually live out those rights fully and humanely.
Together we will:
- Learn about the context of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
- Grieve the ongoing violations of these rights; and
- Commit to global solidarity practices that bring us closer to the promise of a world where the worth, dignity, and power of everyone is protected.
Human rights organizers, scholars, and advocates—including Dr. Kathryn Sikkink, the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School—will offer learning and grounding for participants in support of our journeys in advocating human rights on a global scale and global solidarity practices.