International Human Rights Day 2014
Today, December 10th, is recognized as International Human Rights Day. On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has launched a campaign called Human Rights 365, emphasizing that to truly achieve justice we must fight for it every day of the year.
At the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, we agree. Educating students, teachers, and citizens about the atrocities of genocides past is a daily task - and one necessary to prevent genocides in the future.
We commemorate Human Rights Day at the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission because genocide strips a targeted group of their natural human rights, their identities, their freedoms, and ultimately, their lives. From classification to extermination and then denial, genocide is dehumanizing at its core.
We must be vigilant, committed, and aware - and on this International Human Rights Day, we remember the task at hand and prepare to face it tomorrow, next week, next month, and until we end genocide for good.
Read the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights here.