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Proclamation of Human Rights Month

December 17, 2008

I just published the following on the League to Fight Neurelitism site:

For Immediate Release

In commemoration of the seminal United Nations document, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The League to Fight Neurelitism, in a spirit of like-mindedness with many others throughout the world, recognizes each month of December as Human Rights Month. Within that month, the League observes:

  1. The second of December as United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
  2. The third of December, perhaps the date most relevant to the ethos of the League, as United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
  3. The tenth of December, the anniversary of the Declaration itself, as United Nations Human Rights Day.
  4. The eighteenth of December, in an affirmation of the need to protect the human rights of migrants and their families, as United Nations International Migrants Day.

  5. The twentieth of December, through a focus on combating global poverty, as United Nations International Human Solidarity Day.

At a time when many persons are searching for an enlightened secular alternative to holidays such as Christmas and Channukah, while others remain discouraged by the pervasive and crass materialism of that time of year, Human Rights Month and, in particular, the five days mentioned above remind us of important socially designated human rights, while giving us the opportunity to shift the centers of our thought and attention to those individuals, including autistics, whose civil and other human rights are violated regularly and systematically.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark A. Foster, Ph.D.
Founding Director,
The League to Fight Neurelitism


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