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Release: March 17, 1999

'Fifty Years of Hope' human rights exhibit open to public

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Documents and photographs from the era that saw the birth of a landmark human rights declaration make up a new exhibition, "Fifty Years of Hope," on display now through May in North Exhibition Hall at the University of Iowa Main Library.

The "Fifty Years of Hope: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights" exhibition is free and open to the public. It offers a pictorial and documented look back at the events prior to and after World War II. Exhibition patrons will also see pictures and can read articles about recent national and international human rights violations.

The war was an impetus for the drafting of the 1948 document that is meant to provide all people equal and inalienable rights, and to protect them from human rights abuses. Books and photographs from the library's collections provide a graphic illustration of human rights progress and tragedies. The exhibition is meant to remind viewers that basic rights should not be taken for granted.

The exhibition is part of the UI's yearlong human rights celebration. For the past year, the UI's Global Focus: HR '98 program has brought various Nobel Prize winners and human rights activists to the campus and has hosted numerous events in commemoration of the 1948 document signing.

Additional information about the exhibition is available by calling UI Libraries at (319) 335-5867.