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 Human Rights and UCR

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood’. 

Art 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948

Monday 10 December is Human Rights Day, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The chair of the Human Rights Commission was former American first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the Roosevelts that UCR is named after. As such, University College Roosevelt has a special connection with Human Rights.

On December 10, prof. dr. Barbara Oomen will be in Marrakech for the UN Conference of Global Compact for Migration. Read more. Prof. Oomen is involved in the large research project called Cities of Refuge. The research project explores and explicates the relevance of international human rights, as law, praxis and discourse, to how local governments in Europe welcome and integrate refugees. Read more.

Dr. Anya Luscombe will be at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to tell the staff there about the important role Eleanor Roosevelt played in the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Dr. Luscombe recently published an article in the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights on the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt without whom the UDHR might never have been come about:

“Eleanor Roosevelt: A crusading spirit to move human rights forward ” is now published in Volume 36, Issue 4 of Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights and is available at ""