After World War II, the United Nations (UN) was formed. Agreeing to prevent future violence and abuse in the world, the UN established the Commission on Human Rights in 1946.
In this committee, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt led the drafting efforts for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Although the committee included 18 international members, "Mrs. Roosevelt was recognized as the driving force for the Declaration’s adoption."
In Paris, on December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly presented the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
As a nation, and as a globe, we celebrate the adoption of this "milestone document," which declares that regardless of location, culture, or background, people's "fundamental human rights [are] to be universally protected."
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