Universal declaration of human rights at its 60th anniversary: substantial achievements, but the promise remains unfulfilled to many

The declaration has become a beacon for the development of international law, the institution of universal human rights mechanisms and procedures and a primary instrument for those who struggle for dignity.

Nevertheless, the promise of the Universal Declaration has yet to be fully realised.

“Despite the burgeoning of a culture of human rights in parts of the world, major objectives of the Universal Declaration remain unfulfilled, as the efforts to implement human rights have left many men and women behind”, said Lukas Machon, ICJ Representative to the UN.

UN-Universal declaration of human rights at its 60th anniversary-news-2008 (full text, PDF)

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