10 December 1948:
For the past three years delegates from Europe, USSR, the Far and Near East, Australia, and the Americas had been working on specifying human rights; now, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was before the UN General Assembly. There were no “nay” votes; Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and six Soviet bloc nations abstained; Honduras and Yemen neither abstained nor voted. The Declaration was adopted!
A reporter wept. His family perished at Auschwitz; “May this be the dawn of a new era, with this Magna Carta of human rights!”, he whispered.
This is a post for Friday Fictioneers by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, photo by Lucy Fridkin.
Saturday December 10 is International Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the day the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.