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Dossier: Human Rights Declaration Honored on 60th Anniversary

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights remains as relevant to society today as it did when it was adopted by the UN 60 years ago. DW looks at its effects and the people who had a role in writing it.


Though all its goals have not been achieved, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) remains as relevant today as when it was adopted 60 years ago.

The United Nations marks the 60th anniversary of the UDHR, which came into force on Dec. 10, 1948, in Paris, and represents the first comprehensive agreement among nations outlining the specific rights and freedoms of all human beings.

"We are still, 60 years on, a very long way from achieving the goals laid down in the Universal Declaration," the UN human rights office said. "No country in the world can sit back complacently and say, 'We're there.'"

Deutsche Welle examines the history of the declaration, as well as its successes and failures, over the last six decades.

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