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With an increasing number of states seemingly reluctant to honour human rights treaties, Imogen Foulkes of BBC News, Geneva asks “is there a future for this type of international agreement?”
We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the UN, and in the life of mankind.
“With these words, Eleanor Roosevelt presented the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the United Nations. It was 1948 and UN member states, determined to prevent a repeat of the horrors of World War Two, were filled with idealism and aspiration.”
[Most of what follows is from Ms. Foulkes’ article]
“The universal declaration promised (among other things) the right to life, the right not to be tortured, and the right to seek asylum from persecution. The declaration was followed just one year later by the adoption of the Geneva Conventions, designed to protect civilians…
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