Today, 10 December 2018, is the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration was a global response to the atrocities of the Second World War that led to the horror of the Holocaust. Our namesake, Monsieur René Cassin, was the Declaration’s co-author.
Today, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, must be a moment for reflection. Seventy years on, is the world any closer to the aspirations of that Declaration? Are the rights of all human beings – all races, religions and genders – better protected than they were when the Declaration was first issued?
Great strides have certainly been made, and as leader of the British Jewish community I am so proud of the contribution that Jews have made to human rights. But we cannot be complacent.
As the storms of populism and division swirl around the world, minorities are under threat again from extremists and far-right regimes, human beings are trafficked as commodities and women’s rights are curtailed.
So let us celebrate the 70th anniversary, but let us also be vigilant, heeding the warning signs and committing ourselves once again to protecting the human rights of all.
René Cassin UDHR 70th anniversary event – Jewish Human Rights Heroes
Jewish Museum, Monday 10 December 2018
- The Women Behind The Universal Declaration of Human Rights – René Cassin’s Hannah Swirsky writing on RightsInfo
- 70 Years on from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – It’s needed more than ever – interview with René Cassin’s Mia Hasenson-Gross on RightsInfo
- Seventy years of Human Rights inspired by a Jewish pioneer – René Cassin’s Hannah Swirsky writing in Jewish News
- Jewish leaders mark 70 years since Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Jewish News