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  • 60 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:A Poem-Plea
  • Francisco Gomes de Matos (bio)

Sixty years ago the UDHR was proclaimedHumankind's living conditions to improveFor Justice and Peace so much was claimedHow united can the Family of Nations move?

For Human Rights we can educateViolations of Rights we can denounceThe Family of Rights let's integrateNeeded emerging rights let's announce

As a system of values the UDHR can be seenHuman Rights should be supported and respectedTo every human being, what can RIGHTS mean?Is Human DIGNITY being universally protected?

The UDHR text we can proudly probe and displayBut there is a long list of things to be doneAs HUMANIZERS what is the role we can play?That of HUMANIZING RIGHTS so the WORLD is ONE.

Francisco Gomes de Matos

Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Helder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 "Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights") and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, Associacao Brasil America ( He can be reached at



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