Eisenhower Proclamation Stresses Importance of Human Rights

The fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly was observed today with official government ceremonies in many countries throughout the world, according to reports received by the U.N. headquarters here.

In the United States, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation stating: “For the people of the United States as well as for people everywhere, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a significant beacon in the steady march towards achieving human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.”

The United Nations marked the fifth anniversary by issuance of a commemorative stamp depicting the aspirations of mankind toward human rights. The design shows two hands reaching toward a flame which is encircled by the words “Human Rights” in the five UN official languages. Human Rights Day programs, including interviews with the heads of a number of national delegations, were broadcast in UN radio’s 25 languages to countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, the South Pacific and Latin America.

(In Washington, B’nai B’rith president Philip Klutznick issued a statement urging the development of “positive measures” to protect human rights, including international action programs by the United Nations.)

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