December 10, 2018

Statement of Bob Carlson, ABA president Re: 70th Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2018 — The American Bar Association joins the world today in commemorating Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the United States’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article I of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” which helps form the foundation of international law and create a more just world. The document helps forge a relationship between the powerful and the powerless and proclaims that every person inherently is entitled to rights as a human being.

The ABA puts these principles into action, both in the United States and around the world, with our advocacy for vulnerable populations. Working to protect the rights of immigrants, the homeless, people with disabilities, survivors of domestic and sexual violence and others, the ABA embraces the ideals put forth in the Universal Declaration. We work to support defenders of human rights and oppressed populations across the globe, always remembering the declaration’s statement that “human rights should be protected by the rule of law.”

As we hail this landmark document that has improved lives around the world for 70 years, the ABA calls on members of the legal community to reaffirm their commitment to protect the rights of all people and fulfill their duty as custodians of the rule of law.

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