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Advancing Human Rights

We exist to promote the most fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations 1948). Our goal is to advance universal human rights around the world through online public education that is informed by the best legal and academic scholarship.

History of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948 at the end of World War II. After the war ended and the United Nations was created, the international community agreed to never again allow conflict like that of the war happen again. The Commission on Human Rights was established of 18 members from different political, cultural and religious backgrounds. Lead by Eleanor Roosevelt, the Declaration often referred to as the “international bill of rights” took two years to be adopted and serves as a common value for all peoples and all nations.

Eleanor Roosevelt addresses the United Nations on the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights




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