The following is guest post by Constance Johnson, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress. Connie is chair of the Law Library’s planning committee for Human Rights Day and has previously written or co-written a number of posts for In Custodia Legis.
Today is the world’s Human Rights Day, a day proclaimed by the United Nations in 1950 to bring attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a standard for all people and countries. This year the theme is Human Rights 365, a slogan designed to show that rights matter every day, everywhere.
In recent years the Law Library of Congress has hosted a discussion on an aspect of human rights as an annual commemoration of Human Rights Day. This year, the event will be held in February 2015, so as to also honor the U.N.’s World Day of Social Justice (February 20, 2015). Details of the program will be announced in the next few weeks; the focus will be on human rights issues in Eastern Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall.