Huzzah! International Human Rights Day is Almost Here!

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl

December 10th is International Human Rights Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the International Declaration of Human Rights (1948). Want to read it? It’s not very long, and it’s posted here.

In New York, Amnesty International local group 9/280, of which I’m a member, is hosting an event in honor of International Human Rights Day on December 8th (’cause that’s when we could get the venue). Our event will focus specifically on children’s rights. Did you know there’s a U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child? Has been since 1990. A bit lengthy, but if you want to read it, it’s here.

Now, about the event, which I’m hoping you’ll attend if you are (or can be) in New York:

December 8, 2010, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Theatre 80 St. Marks
80 St. Marks Avenue (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves)
New York, NY 10009
Donations accepted (suggested donation $15)

A panel discussion, followed by q & a, on how to best promote and ensure human rights for children globally, including:

• Subsistence Rights: rights to food, shelter and health care
• Development Rights: rights to education and freedom of thought, conscience and religion
• Protection Rights: the right to protection from abuse, neglect or exploitation
• Participation Rights: the right to take an active role in community and political life

Discussion will be followed by a reception in the theatre lobby. Raffle, ceremonial candle lighting, reading of UDHR.

Please come if you can,  and help spread the word. After all, remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said?

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