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Davis reading honors Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Davis residents are invited to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations at an event Tuesday evening in Davis. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at International House, 10 College Park in Davis.

The declaration was adopted Dec. 10, 1948, and is honored in Davis each December with a public reading. For several years, the 30 articles of the declaration have been presented in 30 different languages, followed by an English translation.

“Hearing so many voices from various cultures representing many regions of the world is a remarkable experience that reflects the diversity of our community as well as the universality of the declaration,” says organizer Verena Borton.

“Participating in the ceremony as readers, listeners or observers has been meaningful and occasionally very moving for those who were present for the communal reading of the complete document,” she adds.

Readers are still being recruited. Languages already represented are German, Spanish, Hindustani, Sango, Myanmar, Amharic, Korean, Tigrinya, Dutch, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesia, Arabic, Persian, French, Urdu, Portuguese, Mandarin, Tagalog and Turkish.

If you speak a language other than those and are free on Tuesday evening to participate in this special event, contact Borton at rvborton@comcast.net as soon as possible.

“Everyone is cordially invited to come and be a link in our circles when we read, hear and reflect upon the meaning of such basic truths as ‘No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks’ (Article 12),” Borton says.

Copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be available as gifts from the United Nations Association’s Davis chapter for all who attend the event. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted with gratitude.

Enterprise staff

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