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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a document that was adopted by the UN on 10 Dec 1948. It highlighted the rights and freedoms of all human beings and it has become one of the most important documents about Human rights at the time.

Under the context of WW2, some countries recognized the importance of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from fear, as well as freedom from want. In order to reaffirm and promote the above values to the general public, the drafting committee drafted and ratified the Declaration in 1948 to preserve human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion. All member states at the time voted in favor of the declaration, marking it as the groundbreaking universal set of principles for all humans.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated the faith in fundamental human rights, including the right to life, freedom of opinion and expression, political participation, privacy, freedom of association, etc. Besides, it also illustrated different protection, such as protection of the law, protection against unemployment, social protection, and so on.

It is also vital to note that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a nonbinding document. However, it contains several terms that are also written in other international instruments that are legally binding.

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