Way back on Dec 10, 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: a revolutionary document that recognized “inherent dignity” and “equal and inalienable rights” of all people as the “foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” Pretty cool, huh?
This Saturday marks the 63rd anniversary of the declaration, and Human Rights Day, a celebration of human rights and a time to honor all activists, supporters and defenders of the global human rights movement. Jewish tradition has its own notion of human rights – the ancient idea of b’tzelem Elohim, which says that all humans are created in the image of God, and should therefore be treated with dignity and respect. In that spirit, here are some ways for you to celebrate Human Rights Day – this weekend, and all year round.
- Plug into an official event going on for Human Rights Day near you by checking out the UN’s HRD page.
- “Like” Human Rights Day on Facebook and plug into their 30 days and 30 rights discussion.
- Plan an event to celebrate Human Rights locally. Check out AJWS’ On 1 Foot website for texts and resources.
- Make a donation to your favorite human rights organization (like one of these).
And be sure to check out the Human Rights Day video (complete with an auto-tuned audio mash-up!) below:
How will you celebrate Human Rights Day this year?