Preparations in Motion for the 70th Anniversary of International Human Rights Day

Top Quote The planning committee for the Tennessee celebration of International Human Rights Day is preparing for the 2018 event. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 20, 2018 - Each year, Tennesseans gather to celebrate the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations on Dec 10, originally signed in 1948. This year will mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of this important document. “Human Rights Day is a special event where future leaders come together with lifelong advocates to be inspired, educated and readied for the next challenge,” says planning committee chair Rev. Brian Fesler, pastor of the Church of Scientology.

    The celebration centers around the presentation of awards to human rights champions in three categories: Rising Advocate, Outstanding Service and Lifetime Achievement. Past recipients of these prestigious honors have included the Rev. Bill Barnes, Rev. James “Tex” Thomas, Senator Thelma Harper, Kwame Lillard, Rosetta Miller Perry, Father Joseph Breen, Gatluak Thach, First Baptist Capitol Hill, and many more. The committee is now accepting nominations for this year’s award recipients.

    A committee of human rights organizations and nonprofits, including the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, Metro Human Relations Commission, United Nations Association, Amnesty International, Tennessee United for Human Rights, the Church of Scientology and others, work together each year to plan the event.

    The committee plans to feature many different human rights organizations, especially the Tennessee governmental and non-profit agencies that have commitments to the thirty rights as laid out in the UDHR. Organizations who wish to participate in the planning may contact the organizer through

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