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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrates 69 years today

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Human Rights Day is internationally recognized as December 10th, marking the day in 1948 when the United Nations adopted the foundational human rights document, "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights." Hailed as the most translated document in the world, the proclamation officially declared that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."

According to the United Nations, the document was drafted by representatives from all over the world, declaring a set of "universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations." The document lays out a framework of inalienable rights, such as the right to education, access to justice, freedom from torture, presumption of innocence, among other things.

Secretary-General António Guterres acknowledged in his message for Human Rights Day that the universal declaration didn't stop all human rights abuses from occurring. But he, nonetheless, said the document has been instrumental in helping people gain greater freedom and security, prevent violations, and achieve justice for wrongdoings.

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But that doesn't mean that the declaration is immune from its challenges, he added.

“Despite these advances, the fundamental principles of the Universal Declaration are being tested in all regions," Guterres continued. "We see hatred, intolerance, atrocities and other crimes. These actions imperil us all."

Gearing up for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018, the United Nations announced a year-long campaign that will start at Palais de Chaillot in Paris on Sunday

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