Emily and Eleanor
Today, December 10, is Emily Dickinson’s birthday. It’s also Human Rights Day, a day commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. After the horrors of World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt pulled together an international committee to draft a document declaring the basic rights of people everywhere in the world, in hopes of protecting these rights. The UN chose to celebrate December 10 as Human Rights Day soon after, in 1950. Some countries have signed the two basic covenants connected to the declaration, and some have not. This year, the Human Rights Day celebration is focused on those two covenants: The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.