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Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Then and Now – Village Voices

Posted on November 1st, 2018

Village Voices: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Then and Now, Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7-8 pm at the Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 Seventh Street NE.

Seventy years ago, on December 10, 1948, the Third General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by a vote of 48 to 0 with 8 abstentions.  The drafters, led by Eleanor Roosevelt, were clear:  this was a universal declaration, not a United Nations declaration.  The Preamble of the Declaration begins by proclaiming that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”  It was one of the most consequential votes the UN has ever taken, yet today few people remember it and fewer yet know what the Declaration says. In this talk, Trudy Huskamp Peterson will introduce the declaration and demonstrate its relevance to contemporary life.

Meet and learn from your illustrious Capitol Hill neighbors in informal, free, public discussions about social, economic, and political topics in this latest installment in the Village Voices series. For further information, call Capitol Hill Village, 202-543-1778 or email