UDHR @ 75

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Commemorating the UDHR @ 75

2023 marked the 75th anniversary of the adoption of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948.   To mark this anniversary, each DTP eNews in 2023 included writings and reflections on the UDHR, its significance and its relevance today.   The pieces include contributions from the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, and from Karen Gomez Dumpit (DTP Alumna and Trainer).

Links to the articles on UDHR@75 are available here along with resources and further information on the UDHR – the most translated document in the world.

Latest News and Activity

DTP alumna/trainer and former Philippines Human Rights Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit links the global campaign on abolition of the death penalty to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and shares insights into the successful campaign against re-introduction of the Death Penalty in the Philippines as a model for the anti-death penalty work. She highlights the value of research, of understanding public perceptions, and the importance of international collaboration and solidarity – and in this case, support from Australia and Australians.
In this essay DTP Advisory Board member Justice The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG remembers his own tiny connections with the three personalities that were so important in the preparation of this most important universal declaration - The UDHR.

Links and Resources

A resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council at its 52nd Session commemorating the anniversaries of the UDHR and the VDPA
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk's statement on the need for pushback against intolerance, hatred, bigotry and violence at 52nd session of the Human Rights Council.
The UN Secretary-General's speech to the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council in which he stresses the contribution of civil society on the protection of human rights and the danger of complacency.
The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk’s opening address to the UN Human Rights Council. In it he states that to avoid a retrograde step in human rights, it is critical that we rekindle the spirit, the impulse and the vitality that led to the adoption of the UDHR 75 years ago.