HOW THE PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS RELATES TO SAINT LEO’S CORE VALUE OF COMMUNITY
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which was drafted by Dr. Charles Malik (Lebanon), Alexandre Bogomolov (USSR), Dr. Peng-chun Chang (China), René Cassin (France), Eleanor Roosevelt (US), Charles Dukes (United Kingdom), William Hodgson (Australia), Hernan Santa Cruz (Chile), and John P. Humphrey (Canada), was adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 10 December 1948. It was the result of the experience of the Second World War. Leaders of all the world powers decided to complement the UN Charter with a road map to guarantee the rights of every individual everywhere. The document which we know today as the UDHR, was taken up at the first session of the General Assembly in 1946. The ultimate goal of the UDHR was to continue addressing injustices, in times of conflicts, in societies suffering repression, and in our efforts towards achieving universal enjoyment of human rights. It represents the universal recognition that basic rights and fundamental freedoms are inherent to all human beings, inalienable and equally applicable Roberts #2
to everyone, and that every one of us is born free and equal in dignity and rights. No matter what our nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status, the international community on December 10 1948 made a commitment to upholding dignity and justice for all of us.
Saint Leo University’s core value of community reads as follows, “Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere we serve. We foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to create socially responsible environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change, and to serve.” The principles set forth in the UDHR and this particular core value of Saint Leo...
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