Saturday is United Nations Human Rights Day.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948 by its member nations. This document states that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” and “each person is entitled to these rights regardless of their race, religion, nationality, social origin, sex, politics, economic status, or any other consideration.”

Human Rights Day is observed worldwide to call attention to the plight of those who are not being accorded justice or equality. Traditionally, it also is the day that the Nobel Peace Prize and U.N. prizes in human rights are awarded.

This past year has seen unprecedented world demands for justice, freedom and for the right of individuals to define their own beliefs. People are uniting in thought to address both the needs of their community and those of the world. This reflects a growing recognition that we are all members of one global family, the earth is our common homeland, and the highest form of patriotism is to the citizens of the world.

Claire Cline

Augusta