Human Rights Defenders Under Threat
When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was drafted after the atrocities of World War II, 70
years ago, the atmosphere was very different from today. Then, there was a spirit of solidarity with and
support for the principles of freedom, justice and peace for all the members of the human family,1 which
underpinned the UDHR. In today’s world these principles are being eroded.
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