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60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Anniversary Exhibition by the Documentation Center United Nations – European Union in the University Library at Freie Universität Berlin

№ 383/2008 from Dec 05, 2008

On December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in Paris. In commemoration of this anniversary, an exhibition called "60 Years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – All Human Beings Are Born Free and Equal" will be on display in the university library at Freie Universität beginning December 8, 2008.  The exhibition provides information on the history of the Human Rights Charter, the UN Protection of Human Rights, and the situation concerning basic human rights in Germany. Professor Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, Member of the Bundestag and Chairperson of the Bundestag Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, will be a guest speaker at the opening of the exhibition.

The anniversary exhibition has three main themes: background history on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights covering the period 1945–1948, human rights protection of the United Nations (international contracts and treaty bodies, the High Commissioner of Human Rights and the Human Rights Council), and human rights in Germany (basic rights and human rights, German human rights policy). Finally, one human right – the right to education – is treated as an exemplary, crosscutting theme in the three complexes.

In addition to the explanatory texts, selected publications from the collection of the university library will be on display. They will be supplemented with UN documents and visual materials. There will also be a small exhibition of books dealing with the philosophy of human rights.

Since 1956 the university library of Freie Universität Berlin has been a United Nations Depository Library and is thus part of the worldwide system of United Nations Depository Libraries. The Documentation Center UN-EU of the university library supports research, teaching, and study in the field of UN Studies. It has one of the most extensive collections of primary literature on the United Nations available in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

Address and Opening Hours of the Exhibition

  • University Library, Freie Universität Berlin – Foyer, Garystr. 39, 14195 Berlin
  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; December 8, 2008 to February 15, 2009

Additional information may be obtained from:

  • Documentation Center United Nations – European Union, University Library, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 838 52399
  • University Library, Freie Universität Berlin, Dörte Braune-Egloff, Tel.: +49 (0)30 838 54268; Dr. Susanne Rothe, Tel.: +49 (0)30 838 53359