Sixty five years ago, on December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly consisting of member states including Iran.
The first article of this declaration states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” This concept has deep roots in the culture and history of Iran and is consistent with the spirit of Cyrus the Great’s Charter. Cyrus the Great, King of Persia who lived over 2500 years ago, offered to the world the first human rights declaration, which was based on secularism and anti-slavery principles. As we commemorate the
anniversary of this great day, let us hope that all nations who struggle under dictatorial regimes will achieve their freedom and human rights.