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This Day in History: UN General Assembly Adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)


UN General Assembly Adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the world’s most translated document. Among its 30 articles are definitions of civil and political rights, as well as definitions of economic, social, and cultural rights—all of which are owed by UN member states to those under their jurisdiction. Since its adoption, it has acquired more juridical status than originally intended and has been widely used, even by national courts, in what ways? More… Discuss

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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