What are Human Rights? examines the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ (UDHR) Preamble and 30 Articles and defines “human rights” by detailing the civil, political, social, cultural, and economic rights and freedoms it includes.

On display at the Center for Civil and Human Rights from September 8 to December 11, 2018

In the wake of World War II, during which 70 million people lost their lives, the UDHR was created to define basic rights entitled to all and determine an internationally agreed upon framework from which to build laws that protect life and dignity. Analyses of large-scale wars revealed that financial crises, poverty, and inequity are factors that lead to the type of populism that precedes violent wars and atrocities.

In 1946, the task of creating a constitution for the newly-formed United Nations (UN) was put forth at its General Assembly’s first session, with focus on addressing these risk factors. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, led the effort to draft this document and, on December 10, 1948, it was officially adopted. What are Human Rights? includes touch screens that allow visitors to explore the UDHR, as well as an audio recording of Eleanor Roosevelt reading the historic document she worked tirelessly to create.

About the Curatorial Team:

  • Lauren Tate Baeza, Head of Content, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.

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