Universal Declaration of Human Rights Promotes Dignity and Well-Being

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Promotes Dignity and Well-Being

Information Resources

By Evelyn Cunico, MA, MS/LIS
Posted December 04, 2017

Brief History

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a document adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on December 10, 1948, as a result of the experience of the Second World War.

The document consists of a Preamble (introduction) and 30 Articles (provisions). The document was designed to protect people throughout the world from abuses of power.

Since 1948, the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have influenced many national constitutions. The document has encouraged the independence of former colonies and has helped lead some states and regions toward democracy.

Next year, December 10, 2018, will be the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Your Well-Being

Article 1 of the Declaration states:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

As you enter this Holiday Season, and as you journey through the New Year, ponder this first Article of the Declaration of Human Rights. For instance, think about how you might define the word, Dignity.

Consider quietly, within your own mind, a time or two when your dignity was honored or violated. Ask yourself how the honoring or violating of your dignity affects your breathing, your heart rate, your sleep, and your overall well-being.

For more information, see the Selected Information Resources that follow this blog post.

Disclaimer: The information presented in this blog should not replace the medical advice of your doctor. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any disease, illness, or other health condition without first consulting with your medical doctor or other healthcare provider.

Selected Information Resources

American Academy of Family Physicians. Keeping Your Emotional Health.
Summary Note: Article discusses emotional health as central to your realizing your full potential as a human being. Suggests ways in which you may improve or maintain good emotional health.
(Accessed 29 November 2017)

Hicks, Donna. Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011.
Summary Note: Print book. Donna Hicks, PhD, is Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. Hicks, an international negotiator, discusses the role that dignity plays in both the breakdown and restoration of conflict relationships. Foreword by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Includes Notes and Selected Bibliography.

Mayo Clinic. Healthy Lifestyle. Adult Health. Discover the Connection between Health and Friendship
Summary Note: Presents examples of how good friends are good for your health. Offers ideas on how you can reach out to make and keep friends.
(Accessed 01 December 2017)

Mayo Clinic. Healthy Lifestyle. Adult Health. Embrace Forgiveness and Move Forward.
Summary Note: Defines forgiveness as a decision to let go of thoughts of revenge, to make way for improved mental and physical health. Suggests ways to move from suffering to forgiveness.
(Accessed 01 December 2017)

National Institutes of Health. U.S. National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus. Mental Health.
Summary Note: MedlinePlus topic page defines Mental Health. More than 40 links are organized under headings, such as, Latest News, Diagnosis and Tests, Treatments and Therapies, Clinical Trials, Journal Articles, and Find an Expert.
(Accessed 29 November 2017)

United Nations. Human Rights Day 10 December 2018. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Turns 70.
Summary Note: Website kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the 70th Anniversary on December 10, 2018 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Translated into more than 500 languages, UDHR proclaims the inalienable rights to which everyone is inherently entitled as a human being.
(Accessed 27 November 2017)

United Nations. Universal Declaration of Human rights (UDHR). History of the Document.
Summary Note: Discusses the history of the UDHR, starting with preliminary drafts in early 1947 through to its adoption on December 10, 1948.
(Accessed 27 November 2017)

United Nations. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Text of the Document.
Summary Note: A milestone document in the history of human rights. Adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on December 10, 1948, as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. Full Text includes Preamble with 30 Articles (provisions). Link to download PDF.
(Accessed 27 November 2017)

United Nations. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Foundation of International Human Rights Law.
Summary Note: Discusses ways in which the UDHR has been expressed in law, such as treaties, regional agreements, and agreements within countries.
(Accessed 02 December 2017)

World Book. The World Book Encyclopedia. H. Volume 9. Human Rights. 2016 World Book, Inc. Chicago, Illinois. Print edition.
Summary Note: Brief history and Full Text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

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