Who signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
On December 10, 1948, 48 countries came together at the United Nations in Paris to sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The following is a complete list:
Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Burma, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, India, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Liberia, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Siam, Sweden, Syria, Turkey,United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
The following eight member states abstained: Belorussia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, South Africa, the USSR, and Yugoslavia.
Although it was omitted from the above list, Canada was also one of the signing countries on December 10, 1948.
In 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Like the U.S. Bill of Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a list of rights guaranteed to all people. It includes many of the rights in the Bill of Rights, and several that are not in the Bill of Rights, such as the right to work, the right to be educated, and the right to food and housing.