Silver Spring, Maryland, USA ... [ANN] Seventh-day Adventists around the world are to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by declaring Friday, December 11, 1998, as a special day for world wide prayer and gratefulness for religious freedom and human rights.

With 1998 as the year commemorating the Declaration, the church is joining the world community in recognizing the importance of restating the values enshrined in this UN document. Seventh-day Adventists have been supporters of human rights and particularly the Declaration’s Article 18 which defends religious freedom and promotes the respect of human dignity.

According to the office of Public Affairs at the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, the commemoration by Adventists will include special convocations in local churches and communities with a special celebration on Saturday, December 12, to underscore the importance of human rights and religious freedom in particular. Special programs are planned including a call to recognize the importance of upholding human rights by each member of the church and joining the world community in promoting tolerance and human dignity.