Malaysia Stamp & Philately Reference Guide


Universal Declaration of Human Rights - 10th Anniversary

+ Issue Date     : 10/12/1958
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Designer       : J.P Hendroff
+ Printer        : De La Rue & Co, Limited
+ Watermark      : St. Edwards's Crown & Multiple CA
+ Separations    : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type       : Gum
+ Shape          : Rectangular
The Declaration of Human rights was adopted by the United Nations on December 10,1948. That was in recognition of the inherent dignity and of inalienable rights of all members of the human family.

The first world wide celebration of Human Rights was in 1958 when the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration by the General Assembly was celebrated.

Issuing Countries                                                        
Belgium 10 December 1958
Federation of Malaya 10 December 1958
French West Africa 10 December 1958
German Democratic Republic 10 December 1958
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 05 November 1958

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the basic international pronouncement of the inalienable and inviolable rights of all members of the human family. The Declaration was proclaimed in a resolution of the General Assembly on 10 December 1948 as the "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations" in respect for human rights. It lists numerous rights - civil, political, economic, social and cultural - to which people everywhere are entitled.
The UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) set up a Universal Declaration of Human Rights Drafting Committee. Members of this committee were Eleanor Roosevelt (United States), René Cassin (France), John Humphrey (Canada), dr. Charles Malik (Lebanon) and dr. P.C. Chang (China). This composition demonstrated that the creation of the Universal Declaration was truly an international effort.
10 December is designated as Human Rights Day. Every year many activities are organized around the world.
The photo shows Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President of the United States, holding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a poster in English, in November 1949 at Lake Success, New York which was then the location of the UN Headquarters (UN Photo # UN 23783).