Protect Our Rights!
DECEMBER 10 • INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
December 10 marks the anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948. Every person on Earth is entitled to the same rights. However, sometimes when people don’t know their rights or when they’re not paying attention, they are mistreated. A new law passed in October raises questions about the U.S. government’s human rights record.
What You Can Do:
- Read the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights at www.un.org/overview/rights.html. Tell others about their rights and know yours!
- Join an organization that works for human rights.
- Start a human rights organization at your school. Hold an event around Human Rights Day, December 10. Show a film (such as the PBS Frontline documentary that can be viewed at ww.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/torture/view/) or invite a speaker from a human rights organization.
- Create a drawing, skit, song, video, poem or essay about human rights or about one of the 30 human rights in the declaration.
- Let people know how you feel about the bullying and mistreatment of others in your community, your country or the world. Speak out at community events or public meetings, attend protests against torture, war and occupation, write letters for publication in your local newspaper and IndyKids or send letters to your elected representatives.
By Amanda Vender