Peace & Human Rights

Today we celebrate Human Rights day. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN General Assembly adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”

What is your favorite quote about human rights and peace? Let us know by commenting on this article.

‘Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free’ - Dalai Lama

‘We could not have peace, or an atmosphere in which peace could grow unless we recognized the rights of individual human beings…their importance, their dignity…and agreed that was the basic thing that had to be accepted throughout the world’ - Eleanor Roosevelt

‘Human rights were not handed down as privileges from a parliament, or a boardroom, or an institution…peace in only possible with justice and with information that gives us the power to act justly’ - John Pilger

‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights – This great and inspiring instrument was born of an increased sense of responsibility by the international community for the promotion and protection of man’s basic rights and freedoms. The world has come to a clear realization of the fact that freedom, justice, and world peace can only be assured though the international promotion and protection of these rights and freedoms’  - U Thant

‘If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.’ - Franklin D. Roosevelt


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