Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Parsippany Library logoThe Parsippany Public Library is observing International Human Rights Day on Saturday and throughout the month of December.

Parsippany Library has numerous videos, books, and take home information on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The public also is invited to participate in the annual “Write for Rights” letter writing project on behalf of individuals, imprisoned in violation of their human rights. Human rights information will be displayed throughout the Main Library, at 449 Halsey Road, through December.

International Human Rights Day commemorates the 1948 ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations with the United States being one of the signatories.  Ten of the rights included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are the right to trial, the right to a nationality, the right to privacy, the right to peaceful public assembly, the right to own property, the right to education, freedom of expression, freedom from slavery, the right to seek asylum and the right to get married and start a family.

The declaration also includes articles that declare that all people are born free with equal rights and that they should be treated equally by the law.  Observance of International Human Rights Day is a way to educate oneself as to the basic human rights which we take for granted, understand how these rights are violated in other parts of the world, and reaffirm our common humanity.

"I am Malala" book coverParsippany Library’s International Human Rights display includes popular human rights books and videos for all age groups, which the public is encouraged to check out.  Some of these items include books such as “I am Malala”,  “Mandala: The Long Walk to Freedom” “A Long Way Gone: Memories of a Boy Soldier.’’

Videos with a  human rights theme include “Hotel Rwanda”, “Syriana”, “Race”, and “Selma”. The public is invited to also participate in “Write for Rights”, an annual letter writing project which often results in the release of individuals who have been jailed in violation of their human rights.

For more information, call 973-887-5150 ext. 209.