The concept of human rights can be observed in Confucianism, the Ten Commandments and it can also be traced through all major religions. There are many declarations regarding this subject which involves religious, cultural among other areas, but none considered the rights of an individual instead of general rights.
But after the atrocities and bloody war infringed on men while in Second World War; the world community was claiming for a declaration specifying the rights a person was entitled to. So, after a long drafting process, on December 10, 1948 at Palais de Chailot in Paris the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) representing the first global rights all human beings are inherited. It became a landmark in history of human rights and the most important event in 20th century.
Even though the barbarism committed while in Second World War goes down in history, due to the impacts of the Declaration, the world was never the same. It became a powerful tool when it comes to international law. It is a document translated into many languages and worldwide known. It is widely cited and used for pressure in diplomatic and moral way with the governments that go against any of its articles.
At last, until now and also in near and far future, the Declaration has had great significance. The governments, non-governmental organisations and other groups/associations commit themselves and their people to work on measures in order to achieve all the paragraphs of UDHR.
Autor: Leticia Nogueira Allem
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