Encyclopedia of Human Rights, Volume 1
Human rights are the foundation of human existence and coexistence. They are universal, indivisible and interdependent. And they lie at the heart of everything the United Nations aspires to achieve in its global mission of peace and development. Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly in 1948, Governments have discussed, negotiated and agreed upon many hundreds of fundamental principles and legal provisions designed to protect and promote an array of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. This publication brings together, in one place, some of the most important of those conventions, treaties, declarations and agreements. It seeks to inform the world about human rights. The more people know their own rights, and the more they respect those of others, the better the chance that they will live together in peace. It aims to show the commitments that Governments have made, and to encourage States to sign and ratify these important universal standards if they have not done so already.
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