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A short insight into the Universal Declaration of Human rights - Article by Salome Getahun

Apr 02, 2019

by Salome Getahun

The adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December 1948, drafted by the High Commission of Human Rights and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, has signalled the first major step towards the promotion and protection of human rights, on an international scale. Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the main drafters and proponent of the Declaration referred to it as the "Magna Carta for all mankind". Yet there has been significant debate as to whether this can be justified. Now, looking back at it after more than 60 years. Can the UDHR still be seen as a significant document that not only influenced and shaped our world after its drafting and but also the work of the United Nations, concerning the promotion and protection of human rights?

Has the so called "great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind" sustained its relevance?

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