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Equal Rights, Equal Dignity: Celebrating 75 Years of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2023, marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a groundbreaking global pledge that enshrines the inalienable rights of every human being. At New Mexico Legal Aid, we reflect on the significance of this document as it aligns with our mission to provide access to justice for all, ensuring that the principles of freedom, equality, and justice are upheld for every low-income New Mexican.

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, the UDHR outlines fundamental human rights regardless of race, color, religion, or social status. This historic document, translated into over 500 languages, has become a beacon of justice and a cornerstone for human rights protection worldwide.

As we celebrate the progress made in the decades since the UDHR’s adoption, we acknowledge the ongoing challenges facing human rights globally. New Mexico Legal Aid remains steadfast in its commitment to providing free civil legal help to vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and migrants.

This year-long initiative focuses on universality, progress, and engagement, culminating in a high-level event in December 2023. As part of this initiative, New Mexico Legal Aid supports the UDHR’s values and rights as guideposts for collective action, ensuring that no one is left behind.

Key Messages:


    1. The UDHR enshrines the rights of all human beings, establishing for the first time the indivisible and inalienable rights of humanity.

    1. New Mexico Legal Aid aligns its mission with the UDHR, providing a global blueprint for international, national, and local laws and policies.

    1. The UDHR inspires the fight for stronger human rights protection and is a bedrock of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

    1. Human rights progress does not signify the end of the fight; New Mexico Legal Aid remains committed to justice for all.

    1. As we celebrate 75 years of the UDHR, New Mexico Legal Aid calls on everyone to renew the social contract, rebuild trust, and embrace a shared vision of human rights for a just and sustainable development.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights serves as a timeless reminder of our shared responsibility to stand up for human rights. New Mexico Legal Aid remains dedicated to promoting justice, fostering equality, and ensuring that the principles embedded in the UDHR resonate in our work, today and for the years to come.

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