An honors class on human rights will host Missouri Western State University’s first Human Rights Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 in the Blum Student Union Lobby. The fair is free and open to the public.

Class members and student organizations focused on human rights will present informative displays on several issues, including domestic violence, sex trafficking, forced labor, health care, child marriage, child homelessness and environmental degradation.

The fair is a commemoration of Human Rights Day, which is celebrated on Dec. 10 each year, honoring the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 1948. This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Declaration, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

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