Lincoln will celebrate Human Rights Day with a program from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 10) at Second Baptist Church, 525 N. 58th St. The presentation is free to the public.

The program will feature a talk about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by David Forsythe, a scholar of human rights consulted worldwide by governments and international organizations. HadiPir, Laila Khoudeida and Ziyad Smoqi will present a history of the Yazidis and explain the mission of Yazda in the Middle East and the United States. There will be personal stories from the Yazidi community of their experience of genocide and enslavement. There will be a Yazidi musical interlude and food from the Near East.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted 69 years ago on Dec. 10, 1948. The UN Human Rights Office is urging all communities join in recognizing how human rights issues have a place in every community locally, reflecting their importance throughout the world.

Lincoln is a headquarters of Yazda USA and has welcomed many refugees from the genocide carried out by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Their rescue and resettlement, and their continuing action to take their case to the International Criminal Court, brings home for us the importance of Human Rights as a guide to policy, the inspiration for the formation of organizations and agencies to secure these rights, and the need for recognition of our daily responsibility to stand up for the rights of all.

Sunday's program is sponsored by UNA-USA Nebraska Chapter and Yazda USA Lincoln, Nebraska; co-sponsors include GenUN Chapters at UNL and Union College.

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