Congressman Lowenthal Legislation Honors Human Rights Day and 67 th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2015
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal today introduced a House Resolution honoring Human Rights Day and the 67th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and adopted in 1948, the UDHR represents the first comprehensive international agreement about the specific rights and freedoms of all human beings. Today, the UDHR is the world's most translated document, with over 416 different translations.

"The rights enshrined in the UDHR uphold the basic principles of liberty and freedom enshrined within our own Constitution and Bill of Rights," Congressman Lowenthal said. "Outside our nation, however, people continue to be discriminated against, oppressed, marginalized, attacked, and even killed for nothing more than what they say, for who they worship, or for what they believe. We must recognize that denying these basic human rights from any person is an attack on our shared humanity. A world where human rights are fully respected is inherently safer for everyone. I hope this resolution will shine a critical light on the need for the defense and protection of human rights throughout our global society."

As a member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, the Congressman's legislation upholds the Commission's mission, which is to promote, defend and advocate internationally recognized human rights norms in a nonpartisan manner, both within and outside of Congress, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights instruments.

Congressman Lowenthal is also a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, whose jurisdiction includes U.S. foreign policy. As declared by the State Department, the promotion of respect for human rights as embodied in the UDHR is a central goal in the leadership the United States plays around the world.

This legislation currently has the support of nearly 40 members of Congress.

To read a full version of the resolution text, click here.