The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Origins, Drafting, and Intent

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Origins, Drafting, and Intent

by Johannes Morsink

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Origins, Drafting, and Intent by Johannes Morsink

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1999

Born of a shared revulsion against the horrors of the Holocaust, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has become the single most important statement of international ethics. It was inspired by and reflects the full scope of President Franklin Roosevelt's famous four freedoms: "the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear." Written by a UN commission led by Eleanor Roosevelt and adopted in 1948, the Declaration has become the moral backbone of more than two hundred human rights instruments that are now a part of our world. The result of a truly international negotiating process, the document has been a source of hope and inspiration to thousands of groups and millions of oppressed individuals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812217476
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Series: Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights Series
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Johannes Morsink is Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science at Drew University. He is the author of Aristotle on the Generation of Animals.

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