Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Past, Present, Does It Have a Future?

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On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following this historic act, the Assembly called upon all Member states to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories." The Universal Declaration has been the subject of great support and appreciation as well as tremendous debate and ire. States such as China and Saudi Arabia have recused themselves from some or all of its provisions, while others use its principles to advance and defend human dignity across the globe. Join Dr. Anthony Clark Arend, Professor of Government & Foreign Service and Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service; Shai Franklin, Senior Fellow for United Nations Affairs at the Institute on Religion and Public Policy; and Gregg Rickman, former Special envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the US State Department and now Senior Fellow in the Study and Combat of Anti-Semitism at the Institute on Religion and Public Policy; and Ambassador Mark Lagon, former Ambassador at large for Trafficking in Persons and Executive Director of the Polaris Project to discuss the Universal Declaration, its past, present, and what its future might hold.

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