December 10, 2017
Today, the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 69. This declaration outlines basic civil, political, cultural and economic rights to which all people are entitled. Though not a binding document, the declaration has provided a platform for the creation of over 60 human rights measures. These laws have helped protect many people, but there is still much work to be done to ensure the protection of all people’s human rights.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said that universal human rights begin “in small places, close to home. … Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”
One place close to home that supports human rights is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). PC(USA) General Assembly policies and stances advocate for the protection of human rights and oppose activities that violate those rights, such as human trafficking.
Contact the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations to get connected to the PC(USA)’s efforts to support the human rights of our brothers and sisters around the world.
Simon Doong, Young Adult Volunteer at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations
Today’s Focus: Human Rights Day
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray:
Dear God, help us to have the courage to stand up and protect the rights of our brothers and sisters, for we are all your children, made in your image, with the same hearts, wishes and rights. We lift up those who are oppressed, and we stand in solidarity with them. We pray for a world where all are treated equally and where we can answer the calling you have for each of us. Amen.