U.N. Issues Proclamation on Human Rights Day

A proclamation calling upon the people of the world to rededicate themselves, each in his own country, to the wider application of the principles of equal human brotherhood, was issued today by U. N. Secretary-General Trygve Lie, in observance of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations four years ago today.

Mr. Lie pointed out that unlike the United Nations Charter, which established a law of conduct for the nations, the Declaration of Human Rights is not a law. “Nevertheless it has established standards of human rights which nations and peoples can — and would — seek to apply, “he stated.

“There have been other declarations in the long history of mankind’s struggle to achieve a wider observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Over the course of the centuries these other documents have exerted a great influence for good in certain cultures and areas of the world. But never before has mankind produced a declaration with such universal meaning for all mankind, “the U. N. Secretary-General emphasized.

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