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The Human Rights Declaration Turns 70

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The blueprint for modern international law was adopted on December 10, 1948, by world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly. The declaration contains 30 articles that have laid the groundwork for the binding international human-rights treaties.

The anniversary is, of course, a cause for celebration. The declaration has been incredibly valuable for the protection of universal human rights on a global level. However, 70 years on, the reality is that we are far from securing human rights for every person. The prestige of international bodies has tumbled in the past decades as they have failed to uphold basic rights around the world. At the same time, they have extended their reach into highly contentious issues around which no consensus exists.

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