Human Rights

I think it is necessary to realize that we have moved from the era of civil rights to the era of human rights.

 ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human rights are universal, inalienable, and interdependent. They are the birthright of every member of the human family without exception. Although their antecedents lie deep in human civilization, human rights were first codified in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR, 1948). Building on this foundation, the United Nations has adopted more than twenty principal conventions further elaborating human rights. Some conventions prevent and prohibit specific abuses like torture and genocide; others protect especially vulnerable populations, such as refugees, women children, and people with disabilities. Like all law, the human rights framework is evolving, continually being reinterpreted and amplified as circumstances change and understanding deepens. 


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