Human Rights Day Dec 10 – Haiti Signatory

December 10th is Human Rights Day.  A topic that is top of mind and heart as we read the news and face shared realities around the world.

This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to “Equality” and article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the result of having experienced the atrocities of the Second World War and vowing to never again have this happen.  Haiti was a founding member of the United Nations on October 24, 1945 with Senator Emile Saint-Lot, a founding father of Le Flambeau Foundation, playing a key role as the founding and first UN Ambassador for Haiti.  World leaders decided to complement the UN Charter with The Universal Declaration of Human Rights aimed at guaranteeing the rights of every individual everywhere.

A - Foundation, Snt Emile Saint-LotSenator Emile Saint-Lot from Haiti was a co-signatory who, along with U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and many other countries, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.    Senator Emile Saint-Lot is a founding father of Le Flambeau Foundation.  To read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (click here)

To read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (in English) (French) (in Kreyol).

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Discussions past and present have taken place on this topic.  Following are highlights.

Declaration of Human Rights (by Dr. Luc L. Colas, December 10, 1998 – Cap-Haitien, Haiti)

Fifty years, (December 10, 1948), Palais Chaillot, Paris), after this famous Declaration of Human Rights, following the Senator Emile Saint-Lôt, which…   The powerful verb still echoes to our ears, and we are wondering, and we are searching, our way along, in our darkness, this universality–and we have doubts.  What else can we do, when terrified and stunned, we see  Read more
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