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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (also UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/217, December 10, 1948), outlining basic human rights. John Peters Humphrey of Canada was its principal drafter.

While it is not a legally binding document, it served as the foundation for the original two legally-binding UN human rights Covenants, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. It continues to be widely cited by academics, advocates, and constitutional courts. International lawyers often debate which of its provisions can be said to represent customary international law. Opinions vary widely on this question, from very few provisions to the entire declaration.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the UDHR is the document translated into the most languages on Earth (as of 2004 about 330 of them).

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What's Wrong With Human Rights? (3411 words)
The UDHR thus explicitly provides that if someone acts in a way "contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations" (for example, by publishing an article objecting to the UDHR) his actions are unprotected and he has no right to escape what in any other connection would be considered political persecution.
The UDHR thus suggests the vision, familiar in left-wing thought, of a universal order of things to which opposition is forbidden because its goals (unlike those of lesser authorities) are uniquely and transparently good, however spattered with blood they may become.
Neo-conservative supporters of the UDHR argue that the document's pro-family provisions refute claims that it is fundamentally leftist and centralizing, pointing out that it asserts that "The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society" (Article 16, par.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (951 words)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (also UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/217, December 10, 1948 at Palais de Chaillot, Paris), outlining the organization's view on the human rights guaranteed to all people.
The Guinness Book of Records describes the UDHR as the "Most Translated Document" in the world, translated as of 2004 into 321 languages and dialects.
The full UDHR was used during the European and South American legs whilst an edited version was used for audiences in the United States, who did not give as warm a reception to it as European audiences.
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