Celebrating Universal Human Rights Month

The 2023 theme for the 75th Anniversary for Human Rights is Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All.  

For 75 years, the core ambition of the Declaration has been to infuse societies with equality, fundamental freedoms and justice. https://www.ohchr.org/en/get-involved/campaign/udhr-75  

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages. https://www.un.org/en/about-us/universal-declaration-of-human-rights   

Learn about Universal Human Rights 

Online Resources:  

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Global Road Warrior  

A comprehensive resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide. Global Road Warrior consists of 174 Country Guides with 119 topics each. No other single resource covers so many topics so well for so many countries. Research issues in international and cross-cultural studies, international business, the social sciences, women’s studies, language studies, and study abroad programs. Deep coverage of difficult-to-find country information related to culture, business, travel, and local living. Global Road Warrior is mobile friendly, automatically adapting to the screen size of any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Watch the Global Road Warrior tutorial.  

OverDrive Digital Magazines  

Read thousands of digital magazine titles and single topic issues including: Popular titles such as Us WeeklyNational GeographicGood HousekeepingVanity Fair, and Rolling Stone. Titles in a variety of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, German, French, and more. Rolling 3 years of back issues, wherever available. Mobile access will be through the Libby app, either downloaded to your device or used in a web browser. 

Booklists for All Ages:  

Universal Human Rights – Booklist for Children 

Universal Human Rights – Booklist for Teens 

Universal Human Rights – Booklist for Adults 

National Resources:  

UN Human Rights information

Declaring Our Human Rights Toolkit, opens a new window 

Human Rights Watch – Inspiring Human Rights Stories 

Civil Rights Organizations – Timeline 

US National Archives 

State Resources:  

Civil Rights and Labor History Living Project Washington 

Community Health and tools 

Selection of artwork from Washington's State Art Collection  

TRL is committed to the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. TRL Celebrations recognize significant events throughout the year to promote a culture of inclusion, representation, and belonging that reflects communities we serve, and encourage connection to the richness and diversity of our communities and the world at large.