Perhaps it’s fate that Human Rights Day is observed soon after Thanksgiving. Human Rights, freedom, and democracy are all things for which Americans can give thanks. December 10 was first proclaimed as Human Rights Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950 to promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”
Freedom is a universal human desire and essential for lasting peace and prosperity. The Bush Institute’s Human Freedom programs spotlight freedom advocates and support democratic movements.
The Freedom Collection is a living archive. The collection features artifacts from freedom movements around the world as well as online interviews, documentaries, and discussions with those who have been instrumental in the advancement of human freedom. Launched in 2012, the collection is intended to inspire and help those who struggle for their own freedom and encourage those who live in the United States and other free countries to support the spread of human freedom.
The Freedom Advocate Initiative supports the spread of freedom around the world by offering fellowships, extending moral support, and holding conferences and forums.