Statement of ABA President Hilarie Bass Re: Anniversary of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2017 — On December 10, 1948, in the wake of two world wars, the new United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Its central premise – that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” – forms the bedrock of international law. 

The American Bar Association promotes this principle by advocating for diverse populations in America and around the world. We work on behalf of survivors of domestic and sexual violence; persons with disabilities; immigrants; persons experiencing homelessness and poverty; human rights defenders; emerging or struggling democracies; and oppressed populations. Our efforts have taught us that the Universal Declaration is a touchstone across seemingly intractable differences.

On this anniversary in the history of human progress, the ABA calls on all members of the legal profession around the world to renew their commitment as indispensable guardians of human rights and the rule of law.