United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma City
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United Nations Association of the United States of America
Greater Oklahoma City Chapter
P.O. Box 60856
Oklahoma City, OK   73146-0856
Contact Us
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Link to the
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UNA-OKC"
Community
Calendar
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Check out our
DVD video
series, “What’s
Going On?”
 The
videos are
available FREE
through our
partnership with
the Metropolitan
Library System.  
For teachers,
students, and
parents ... ...
www.una-okc.
org/videos
Updated Nov. 16, 2008
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All human beings are born free
and equal in dignity and rights
International Human
Rights Day is
celebrated around the
world each year on
December 10th.  
You're invited to join
us in honoring the
Universal Declaration
of Human Rights.
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Know Your Rights
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Our Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations
Association supports the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights by promoting the principles, values, and norms on
which it is based.  Each year, in concert with people
from around the world, we celebrate International Human
Rights Day (December 10th) to commemorate the date
on which the Universal Declaration was first approved by
the UN General Assembly.
To promote the Universal Declaration, we use all the
resources of our chapter -- including our speakers bureau,
website, email group, and the personal influence of our
officers and directors.  In 2007, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Library System,
we established our Human Rights Video Collection as a resource for parents, students,
and teachers who wish to learn more about various aspects of human rights in the 21st
century.  Our dues-paying members are unsurpassed champions of the principles of
rights and liberty that are embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  
We urge you to embrace the values and goals of the Declaration.  Let us stand in
solidarity to protect the rights of our fellow global villagers. And let us encourage others
to do the same in our communities, workplaces, and schools.
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Every man gotta
right to decide
his own destiny.
-- Bob Marley
It is our duty to
ensure that these
rights are a living
reality -- that they
are known,
understood and
enjoyed by
everyone,
everywhere. It is
often those who
most need their
human rights
protected, who
also need to be
informed that the
Declaration exists
-- and that it
exists for them.
... Ban Ki-moon, UN
Secretary-General
... The Guinness Book of Records describes the
UDHR as the "Most Translated Document" in the
world. The Declaration arose directly from the
experience of the Second World War and
represents the first global expression of rights to
which all human beings are inherently entitled. It
consists of 30 articles which have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties,
regional human rights instruments, national constitutions and laws. ...

Significance
In the preamble governments commit themselves and their peoples to progressive
measures to secure the universal and effective recognition and observance of the human
rights set out in the Declaration. Eleanor Roosevelt supported the adoption of the UDHR
as a declaration, rather than as a treaty, because she believed that it would have the
same kind of influence on global society as the United States Declaration of
Independence had within the United States. In this she proved to be correct. Even
though not formally legally binding, the Declaration has been adopted in or influenced
most national constitutions since 1948. It also serves as the foundation for a growing
number of international treaties and national laws and international, regional, national
and sub-national institutions protecting and promoting human rights.
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The world does not
need a war against
‘terrorism’, it needs a
culture of peace
based on human
rights for all.
-- Irene Khan
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-- Access to Education;
-- Human Trafficking;
-- Treatment of Prisoners;
-- Religious Intolerance;
-- The Right to Privacy;
-- Equal Treatment in Court;
-- Freedom of Expression;
-- The Rights of Families;
-- The Right to Work;
-- The Principle of Equal Pay for Equal Work;
-- The Right to Live in Freedom and Security;
-- Friendship as the basis of Global Society;
-- Freedom of Thought and Conscience; and
-- More.
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"Where, after all, do
universal human rights
begin? In small places,
close to home....
Unless these rights
have meaning there,
they have little meaning
anywhere. "
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
The UDHR informs our opinion about a range of
important topics, including:
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Find a plain
language
version of the
Universal
Declaration of
Human Rights ...
HERE.
Read the articles of the
Declaration ...
CLICK HERE.
Watch a short
video (2 mins.)
featuring
Nelson
Mandela,
Jimmy Carter,
Kofi Annan,
Mary
Robinson, and
Desmond
Tutu.