John Peters Humphreys And The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

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As Mahatma Gandhi stated, “Without action, you aren’t going anywhere.” “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Both these quotes can accurately be witnessed in the actions and messages through the hard work and dedication of John Peters Humphreys. Human Rights all around the world have been a cause thousands have been fighting to protect for decades. From sexism to abuse, our world has seen and participated in all kinds of prejudice. Thankfully, with time and dedication, a certain number of individuals stand out in our history on behalf of human rights. John Peters Humphrey was one of Canada’s most important human’s rights activists. With an upsetting history full of many privations, John took his past and let it guide him, crafting the …show more content…
Step by step from his childhood to becoming an adult, John had faced many obstacles in which he tackled head on. Having a limitless supply of energy, power, and determination John became the author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of his most important and greatest achievements earning him the name “Mr. Human Rights”. The Declaration, also known as the Magna Carta of all mankind, was passed as a resolution of the General Assembly on the 10 of December, 1948. Drafting the first and most important human rights document in history, then pursuing its adoption through several committees in the tense climate of the early Cold War was a demanding ordeal that tested Humphrey 's character and commitment. Nonetheless, he was clearly successful. The declaration heralded a revolutionary change in the practice of International law because it recognized that human rights are a matter of international concern. Although its principals are routinely violated, it is one of the UN’s most important achievements and has been incorporated in the law of nations. After working with the UN for 20 years, John finally went into retirement but nevertheless continued his involvement in international affairs and the protection of human rights. John authored numerous articles and books, received 13 honorary degrees and in 1974, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. In addition he was awarded the United Nations Prize for human rights advocacy in 1988. He continuously applied his experience and knowledge in everything in order to pursue the dreams and hopes he had always committed himself to, in order to assist in creating a better world where individual’s rights would be protected. Although he passed away in Montreal on March 14, 1995, his story and messages continue to thrive throughout our society every

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