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Monday, November 24, 2008

Anniversary of adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be honored


The Shoreline Chapter of Amnesty International will hold a special event to honor of the 60th Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Scranton Memorial Library in Madison.
The guest speaker will be James Silk, clinical professor of law at Yale Law School and director of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, organizers said. Silk is also executive director of the Schell Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. As a former director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in Washington, D.C., Silk focused on human rights in China, child labor and corporate responsibility. Before attending law school, Silk was editor, policy analyst, and senior writer for the U.S. Committee for Refugees, event organizers said.
Article 1 of the Declaration say, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." In keeping with this tenet, the event will include participation in Amnesty International’s Global Write-a-thon, organizers said. Letters in support of prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders will be available for signature.
The event is free and refreshments will be served.
In the photo: Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt holds a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.