This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/universal-declaration-of-human-rights-volume-03-by-united-nations/
"Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction." (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights)
- Readers may volunteer to read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in any language that they choose, provided that the translation is in the public domain.
Our goal is to collect as many recordings of the Declaration as possible, so multiple submissions in a given language are acceptable. However, each volunteer is requested to only make one submission per language for this volume.
- New to recording?
Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!
- Is there a deadline?
No; this volume will be cataloged when 15 submissions have been received, and another volume will be opened.
- Where do I find the text?
About 375 translations of the Declaration are available at the website of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Rosetta Project also has a large number of translations available in its collection at The Internet Archive. Any other translation in the public domain is suitable. If you would like to make your own translation and put it into the public domain, feel free! Just be sure to submit it to laine[at]longnow[dot]org, upload it to The 300 Languages Project or post a link to it here.
- Please claim sections (the numbers in the first column below)!
If this is your first recording, please let me know under which name or pseudonym you'd like to appear in the LibriVox catalogue. We can also link to a personal website/blog.
Prospective Prooflisteners: Please read the Listeners Wanted FAQ before listening! Level of prooflistening requested: standard
This paragraph is temporary and will be replaced by the MC with the list of sections and readers (Magic Window) once this project is in the admin system.
BC - please provide *all of* the following:
[*]Number of sections (files) this project will have:15
[*]Does the project have an introduction or preface [y/n]: n
[*]Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations
[*]Link to title on Wikipedia (if available): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights
[*]Short description (please state who wrote the description. This can be a paragraph copied from Wikipedia. If you write this yourself, please be aware that your summary will be in the PD): "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. The Declaration has been translated into at least 375 languages and dialects. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled. It consists of 30 articles which have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions and laws. The International Bill of Human Rights consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols. In 1966 the General Assembly adopted the two detailed Covenants, which complete the International Bill of Human Rights." (from Wikipedia)
[*]Date of first publication: 10 Dec. 1948
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Start of recording (Intro)
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End of recording
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Add the following tags to your .mp3 file (how you do this depends on which software you use – if you are unsure about ID3 tags, send me a message). Please mind upper and lower case!
Artist: United Nations
Album: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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