OCTOBER 17, 1987
THIS DAY, DEFENDERS OF HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS
HUMAN BEINGS ARE CONDEMNED
FATHER JOSEPH WRESINSKI
Translation of the text on the Commemorative Stone in Honor of Victims of Extreme Poverty laid on the Liberties and Human Rights Plaza in Paris, France. This stone has been replicated in public places in many countries including Belgium, Burkina Faso, Canada, Germany, Philippines, Portugal Reunion Island, Switzerland, and the United States of America.
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On 17th October 1987, in the presence of 100,000 people from diverse social backgrounds and many countries, Father Joseph Wresinski, founder of ATD Fourth World, unveiled a commemorative stone in the Trocadero Human Rights Plaza in Paris.
Since then the commemorative stone has become a gathering point for people from all walks of life. They gather to bear witness to the poorest people in the world and to make a personal commitment to join forces with them in abolishing poverty and social exclusion.
October 17th was declared "World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty" by the United Nations in 1992. People in different countries have begun the practice of gathering each 17th of each month, renewing their commitment to human rights for the poorest.
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