60 years of failure to defend human rights

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, seen by many as the great triumph of Enlightenment thinking and neo-liberal democracy.

But the failure of the major powers to simultaneously achieve any pact on international justice has meant that the first achievement was rendered utterly useless.

While the UN will no doubt be celebrating today, they’d probably be better off considering just how many people have had their rights abused or eroded, in just about every country in the world, in the last sixty years.

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