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. 


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8 thoughts on “Dawning”

  1. Really glad I dropped by to read your story, I learned a lot. In these uncertain times it really is important to be vigilant about Human Rights.

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  2. It was so interesting about those who abstained, now i wonder have any of them signed up since. Sadly so far the young! united nations organisation has few real teeth.


    1. All the abstainers have endorsed the Declaration. South Africa didn’t want to abandon apartheid; Saudi Arabia objected to the right to change one’s religion and to allowances of interfaith marriage; the Soviet bloc may have objected to the right to travel.

      The ayatollahs of Iran don’t like the Declaration, as they prefer their dogma.

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