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United Nations General Assembly

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United Nations General Assembly


Ratified 1948


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At a Glance

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or the UDHR, defines human rights and enshrines the concept of equality for all people, including members of historically marginalized groups.
  • The document consists of 30 articles that detail the inalienable rights of all people, in all places, regardless of any factor of identity including nationality, creed, race, religion, social, or economic status.
  • The UDHR was written by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962).
  • The United Nations called for the creation of this document in part as a response to the immense human suffering caused by World War I (1914–18) and World War II (1939–45).
  • The United Nations General Assembly approved the UDHR on December 10, 1948.
  • The principles laid out in the UDHR have influenced laws in multiple countries.


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