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December 10 is Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day, as defined by the Law Library of Congress, "is observed each year to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. The adoption of the UDHR was proclaimed in resolution 217 A (III)."  For legislation, Presidential Proclamations, and Executive Orders pertaining to this commemoration, visit the Law Library of Congress' Human Rights Day: A Commemorative Observances Legal Research Guide.

Now Streaming - Letter from Masanjia

Letter from Masanjia

An SOS note penned by a Chinese prisoner is found by a mom in Oregon, sparking a nail-biting chain of events that exposes appalling human rights violations and shuts down China’s labor camp system.

Nominated for Audience Favorite at the Hot Docs Documentary Festival. Winner of Best Feature Film at the Portland Film Festival.

"What begins as an unusual “message in a bottle” story builds to a powerful tale of human suffering, compassion and perseverance." - Kevin Crust, The Los Angeles Times

Current SJR State students and employees can stream this film for free on the Kanopy platform.


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Human Rights Day


Human Rights Day

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, it set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. - United Nations

Online Resources
all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights
Video recordings of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in sign languages 

The legislative history of the UDHR from the Yearbook of the United Nations

Stand Up for Human Rights