At a glance:
- Author: Mary Ann Glendon
- First Published: 2001
- Type of Work: History and law
- Time of Work: 1945-1948
- Setting: New York, London, Paris, Geneva, Washington D.C., and elsewhere
- Characters: Eleanor Roosevelt, René Cassin, Charles Malik, Peng-chun Chang, John Humphrey, Alexei Pavlov, Harry S. Truman
- Genres: Nonfiction, History, Law and jurisprudence
- Subjects: Twentieth century, Human rights, 1940's, Law or legislation, Treaties, United Nations
- Locales: New York, Paris, France, Washington, D.C., London, England, Geneva, Switzerland
Since its adoption by the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has often served as an inspiration and as a standard for judging the extent to which the governments of the world have upheld the rights, liberties, and fundamental needs of their citizens. Students of international relations disagree about how effective the instrument has been. Critics, on one hand, can point to countless violations of its provisions, and they ask whether it is really helpful to say that governments should not do the terrible things that they, in...
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