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County of Santa Clara To Hold Flag Raising Ceremony to Commemorate 1948 United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 
WHAT:
This year, the County of Santa Clara is joining people around the world to commemorate the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Office of Human Relations invites all Santa Clara County residents to attend the United States and United Nations flags raising ceremony to recognize the important role that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights plays in promoting peace and freedom.

At the ceremony, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors will present a proclamation to Silicon Valley United Nations Association. Information about the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be available at the event.  

WHO:
Dave Cortese, District 3, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Shirley Lin Kinoshita, President, Silicon Valley United Nations Association
Sabuhi Siddique, Commissioner, County of Santa Clara Human Relations Commission 
Robert Chaykin, Commissioner, County of Santa Clara Human Relations Commission

WHEN:
12 P.M., December 10, 2013

WHERE:
James P. McEntee Senior Plaza, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose

WHY:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. The document affirms that all people have the right to liberty, equality, and justice under the law. 

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 December 10, 1948, 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.

Visuals:

  • “Working for Human Rights, ” a poster exhibit of human rights efforts in Santa Clara County
  • Live music provided by Phil and Anne Pflager’s Ambergrass Express
  • Raising of United States and United Nations Flags
  • County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors presenting proclamation to Silicon Valley United Nations Association
Media Contact:  Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng​, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Delorme McKee-Stovall, Office of Human Relations, (408) 792-2301.
Posted: December 6, 2013​