This year Human Rights Day marks the twenty-second anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first document consecrating human rights and fundamental freedoms to have been proclaimed by the organized community of nations.
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Background: This year Human Rights Day marks the twenty-second anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first document consecrating human rights and fundamental freedoms to have been proclaimed by the organized community of nations. It stands as one of the most worthy accomplishments of the United Nations in the first quarter century of its existence. The Declaration has been an enduring source of inspiration for positive and progressive action to promote and secure universal and effective recognition and observance of the basic principles of freedom and dignity for all without distinction as to race, sex, languages and religion.
In spite of substantial results already achieved, we are keenly aware of how much remains to be done before the humanitarian goals of the United nations Charter will have been attained, and before the principles and standards embodied in the Universal Declaration become translated into reality.
In the coming year, 1971, which is to be observed as the International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, we should strive more intensely than ever to end racial discrimination and other manifestations of racial intolerance. The policies of apartheid, especially in territories still under a colonial regime, grossly offend the conscience of mankind and impair the life of large sections of the human race. They must be eliminated for the benefit of mankind. In the wider perspective of the coming decade, which we have solemnly dedicated to development and disarmament, each of us should be determined to contribute his share to the attainment of the United Nations' objectives of peace, justice and progress. For these objectives hold the promise that all human beings may ultimately enjoy all the rights proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.