Human Rights Day, December 10th

On this day, in 1948, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed.  Symbolic of Declaration’s universality, it has been translated into, at present, 375 languages and dialects, including the most recent translations into Bari, Nuer, Shilluk, Otuho and Balanda Viri.

The United Nations website points out that [the Declaration’s] “core values, include non-discrimination, equality, fairness and universality, apply to everyone, everywhere and always. The UDHR belongs to all of us.”  We hope you will take a few minutes to read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

The Office of the UN High Commissioner For Human Rights maintains a long list of human rights issues ( with links to web pages for the work of relevant UN Committees, working groups and special rapporteurs on various topics (such as, the sale of children, arbitrary detention, the right to development, the right to food, persons with disabilities, etc.)

The Cornell library contains a large number of books on human rights generally, and in our next post, we will provide guidance for finding these books in the collection.  In this posting, I will point you to five books specifically dealing with the Declaration.

Section by section commentary on the Declaration can be found in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Commentary edited by Asbjorn Eide, et al. (Main K3228.319.AQ3 U5 1992).

The reception of the Declaration into the national legal systems of 27 European Union countries can be found in 60 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Europe edited by Vinodh Jaichand and Markku Suksi (Main KJC 5132.A898 2009).

Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon has written on Eleanor Roosevelt’s role in the creation of the Declaration in A World Made New:  Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Main K3228.31948.G58 2001).

Other books dealing specifically with the Declaration and its creation include:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: 50 Years and Beyond.  Edited by Daieli, Stamatopoulu and Dias (Main K3240.6.U56 1999).

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Origins, Drafting and Intent, by Jaohannes Morsink (Main K3228.31948.M67 1999).

To be continued…

Written by CAY