CELEBRATE HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2013
The United Nations' (UN) Human Rights Day is annually observed December 10 to mark the anniversary of the presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Human rights provide a foundation for building a just and peaceful world. Every human being on the planet has the right to dignity, respect, and freedom - whatever their race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, wealth or other status.
On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Declaration has been translated into over 300 languages and dialects - from Abkhaz to Zulu. It is the holder of the Guinness World Record for the document that has been most translated.
By unanimous affirmation from the members of the Board of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies and in accordance with the Bylaws of the Association, Jean M. Kelleher was elected the President of IAOHRA. See bio here.
As President of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA), I take great pride in welcoming you to our website. IAOHRA was founded in 1949 in New York.
The International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies is a non-profit membership organization with its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The primary members are statutory human rights and human relations agencies with authority for enforcing a variety of human and civil rights laws in their respective jurisdictions.
IAOHRA provides opportunities and forums for the exchange of ideas and information among member agencies and other human rights advocates. It provides assistance in the development of programs for eliminating illegal discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, public services and commercial transactions, including banking and lending practices. It also is responsible for developing educational programs on human rights and civil rights issues, and serves as a clearinghouse for information exchange between human rights agencies around the world.
The goals of IAOHRA are:
- To foster human and intergroup relations.
- To enhance human rights practices under law.
- To promote civil and human rights around the world.
The association has provided leadership in the development and enforcement of needed statutes and ordinances to safeguard the human and civil rights of all people.