December 12, 2007

Happy International Human Rights Week

In case you haven't already marked it on your calendar, you might note that this is International Human Rights Week, celebrating the 59th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. If you haven't looked at it lately, you can read all 30 Articles is here.

Particularly interesting is the document's 28 uses of the positive,"everyone," in those articles that assure equality and its 8 uses of the negative,"no one," in the articles describing things that should be excluded. I leave it to readers to evaluate how well we're doing with this declaration, but it seems that we all might want to reflect a bit on Articles 5 through 12 these days.

(Hat tip to Margaret vanNaerssen)

UPDATE: Jonathan Lexxox writes that the Unicode project is working on providing electronic text of translations of the UDHR in every language available. Check what they have so far here.

Posted by Roger Shuy at December 12, 2007 10:27 AM