The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted in 1948 by representatives with different backgrounds from all over the world, including Eleanor Roosevelt and Australian politician and high court justice, H.V. Evatt.
The declaration has played a central role in shaping international human rights treaties and conventions. It has influenced the development of national constitutions and legislation worldwide.
Human rights violations persist in various parts of the world. Oppressed minority groups are often prevented from using their own cultural practices, speaking their own language, or even using their natural names.
Please join me with leaders from communities that remain oppressed today to reflect on the 75th Anniversary of this very important milestone in history.