Why was the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights created?

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Nov 17, 2017

As a reaction to the slaughter of World War 2 and as a reflection of the determination of the UN to stop this happening again.


The In rose from the ashes of World War2 and replaced the largely ineffectual League of Nations. Given the suffering endured as a result of World War 2 where upwards of 70 million people lost their lives the UN was determined to set out a Declaration of Human Rights to which everyone was entitled.

The Declaration applies to all aspects of human society, social, political and economic and is still a cornerstone of the UN today for example through the work of its specialised agencies.