December 10 in freethought history…

universaldeclarationDecember 10, 1948 – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. Drafted by the Commission of Human Rights (led by Canadian legal scholar John Peters Humphrey under chairperson Eleanor Roosevelt), the Declaration embraces a number of protections, including Article 18, which states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

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