Wednesday, December 10, 2008

60th Anniversary
I almost let today get by without mentioning here that it is the 60th anniversary of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, not only - as Ban Ki-moon says - the "first global statement of the inherent dignity and equality of all human beings," but also importantly the namesake of this blog, as you have all surely figured out. Article 19 of the Declaration says:
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Indeed. And for some reason I especially like the "regardless of frontiers" assurance at the end.

If you've never read the entire list of rights, you should. It's a powerful statement of what the world really should try hard to be.

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