Humans Right Day: A Proclamation of Freedom for All

Humans Right Day: A Proclamation of Freedom for All

This week recognizes Human Rights Day, the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) – a landmark document listing rights every human being is entitled to, regardless of race, religion, sex, nationality and other...
The Persistent Widow and the United Nations

The Persistent Widow and the United Nations

“We were not aware of this issue.” This was the unexpected response that I heard this year in two meetings with two United Nations human rights representatives working, respectively, on the Middle East and North Africa, and on Asia. Sixteen churches have been forcibly...
Human Rights: They’re Not Just for ‘Us’

Human Rights: They’re Not Just for ‘Us’

Nike, Coca-Cola and Apple are among the major companies lobbying Congress to weaken a bill. This is hardly news, but what makes it surprising is that this bill would ban imported goods made with forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, according to a Nov. 29 report in...
Will Choice Fix Educational Woes? Not So Fast

Will Choice Fix Educational Woes? Not So Fast

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on education is beautiful. Yet, I groaned when I got to this line: “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.” “Choice” is a buzzword that has been co-opted...