The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) outlines the rights to which people around the world are entitled. Adopted on December 10, 1948, the UDHR has promoted and protected human rights, influenced national constitutions, and contributed to international law. In *over 370 languages*, the UDHR is also the most widely translated document in *booming voice* the WORLD! Unfortunately, these translations can be tough to track down online.
Enter the United Sounds project.
The aim is to create the largest online collection of audio recordings of the UDHR, representing as many translations as possible, and archived in one accessible place…right here on SoundCloud!
Why get involved?
There's a famine in Somalia where 29,000 children have died and thousands more risk the same fate if they cannot gain access to basic nourishment.
There are riots in London where young people are taking their anger out on the streets and stores, and the property rights of those storeowners are being violated.
There are countless instances around the world where human rights issues are front and centre.
We may agree or disagree with specific instances, or how people choose to exercise their rights, but the fundamental concept of human rights itself is irrefutable.
It's not just cases like Darfur, foreign and distant for most of us, but basic rights and freedoms - freedom of speech, of assembly, the right to vote, the right to own and retain property - the fundamental rights that keep societies together and engender freedom.
That's why the UDHR is so important to each and every person on the planet, and why United Sounds can make a timely and significant contribution to the discourse surrounding human rights today.
And...it's easy to get involved!
Lend your voice to the project (United_Sounds;
Keep updated on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/united_sounds)!
Add your thoughts to the discussion of human rights (United_Sounds)!
Help spread the word as we work to bring sound to as many of the 370 translations as possible!
Languages of United Sounds (as of 14 December 2011):
German: Kölsch dialect