History of Human Rights

The info on this page will be revised to reflect and/or link to related materials on the RFK/STTP site.

What are human rights?

(What are civil rights? – Explain civil rights in relation to HR)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The adoption of the UDHR in 1948 is thought to be the beginning of the modern human rights movement. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a call to freedom and justice for people throughout the world. Every day, governments that violate the rights of their citizens are challenged and called to task. Every day, human beings worldwide mobilize and confront injustice and inhumanity. Like drops of water falling on a rock, they wear down the forces of oppression and move the world closer to achieving the principles expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.(Source: RFK Center)

 

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