History of Human Rights

Human Rights in the World

The codification of Human Rights has its roots in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The aftermath of World War II instilled world leaders with a keen desire to work towards protection and promotion of the basic rights and freedoms of people everywhere, owed to them by the nature of being human, without distinction of any kind. Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the Universal Declaration of Human Rights drafting committee and is recognized as the driving force behind the declaration’s adoption into international law.

Human Rights in Eugene

In 2006 the Human Rights Commission identified the need to address the full spectrum of universal human rights including civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights. The Commission set up a Human Rights City subcommittee to address the implementation of a broad human rights agenda in Eugene.