The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Mathias Risse Talks About Where Human Rights Came From, Where They Are Today, and How Far They Still Have to Go

December 10, 2018

Article from the Harvard Kennedy School featuring Faculty Director Mathias Risse.The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was passed 70 years ago, on December 10, 1948. In a sense it was the culmination of thousands of years of human thought that began with simple notions of universal morality and then evolved over centuries, explains Mathias Risse, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy and Faculty Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. But the UDHR’s 70th anniversary, coming as it does in a period when human rights seem under attack from many, unexpected directions, prompts important questions about what the human rights movement means, what it has accomplished, and what it must set its sights on now.

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