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Good morning, this is Pip. Today is International Human Rights Day, commemorating the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The milestone document affirms the inalienable rights that every human being is entitled to. The theme of this year is equality, related to Article 1 – “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Elsewhere, we’re hearing about a student protest taking place in Geneva this week demanding reform at the Graduate Institute following allegations of exclusion and mishandling of sexual harassment claims, and how the struggles of Afghan women are receiving international recognition.

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Pip Cook


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Students have occupied the cafeteria of la Maison de la Paix in Geneva to demand reform of the Graduate Institute's management. (Credit: Geneva Solutions)

Students occupy the Graduate Institute demanding reform. A group of students has been occupying the cafeteria of the Maison de la Paix, home to the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), since Wednesday at 2pm and they’re planning on staying until their demands are heard. Student allegations of exclusion from decision-making processes, mishandling of sexual harassment claims and their voices being silenced when they speak up are shaking the institution. The director rebukes the claims and says all the issues are already being addressed. We spoke to both sides about the situation.

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Eleanor Roosevelt of the United States holding a Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster in English. The Declaration is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages. (Credit: Flickr)

Protecting the rights of everyone, everywhere. Following the traumatic events of the Second World War, governments worldwide made a concerted effort to foster international peace and prevent conflict, marked by the founding of the United Nations in June 1945.

In 1948, representatives from the 50 member states of the UN came together under the guidance of Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States from 1933-1945, to devise a list of all the human rights that everybody across the world should enjoy. On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly announced the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) – 30 rights and freedoms that belong to all of us. Seven decades on and the rights they included continue to form the basis for all international human rights law.

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] 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.” - Eleanor Roosevelt.

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