VIDEO: Human Rights Day 2010December 10, 2010 # 8:35 pm # Armed Conflict, Education, Foreign Policy, Human Rights, International Law, International Organizations # No Comment
On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As my friend and colleague, Dan Porterfield, and I used to teach in our course, Human Rights: A Culture in Crisis, the adoption of the Declaration was a defining moment in the creation of a post-war human rights culture.
Today, the culture of human rights– while very real– remains in a state of crisis. The empty chair at today’s Nobel ceremony is but one indication of the crisis.