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Bust of Eleanor Roosevelt unveiled in Ljubljana's Tivoli Park

Ljubljana, 10 December - A bust to Eleanor Roosevelt was unveiled in Ljubljana's Tivoli Park on Monday to mark Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Roosevelt helped shape significantly.

Ljubljana
The bust of activist, diplomat and the first president of the UN commission for human rights Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) in Tivoli Park.
Photo: Bor Slana/STA

Ljubljana
The bust of activist, diplomat and the first president of the UN commission for human rights Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) in Tivoli Park.
Photo: Bor Slana/STA

Ljubljana
The bust of activist, diplomat and the first president of the UN commission for human rights Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) in Tivoli Park.
Photo: Bor Slana/STA

Ljubljana
The plaque to activist, diplomat and the first president of the UN commission for human rights Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) in Tivoli Park.
Photo: Bor Slana/STA

Ljubljana
The bust of activist, diplomat and the first president of the UN commission for human rights Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) in Tivoli Park.
Photo: Bor Slana/STA

The bust, designed by Czech sculptress Maria Šebarova, was donated to Ljubljana by Amnesty International Slovenija, whose boss Nataša Posel said that the declaration of human rights remains a vision which the world has not achieved yet, 70 years after its adoption.

"The world is facing numerous armed conflicts, it is marked by extreme inequalities and growing intolerance and racism. Wars, persecution and a lack of resources have sent running the largest number of refugees to date.

"This reality alerts us to the fact that successes are only milestones on the path to implementing human rights and that this path goes on and on," Posel said.

She wishes for the bust of Eleanor Roosevelt to serve as a reminder that everybody has the potential and power to change the world and that human rights are fought for here and now, close to home, as Roosevelt put it.

The initiative to put up the busts - there are six of them in total - has been launched by Amnesty International's Art for Amnesty programme. One has been put up in Zeeland in the Netherlands and another has been mounted in the Italian Dolomites.

Human Rights Day is observed on 10 December to mark the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948. Roosevelt chaired the UN committee that drafted the declaration.

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