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The Highest Aspiration: A Call to Action for Human Rights

Seventy-five years ago, the United Nations Charter captured the determination of a generation that had suffered global war and depression never again to allow such conditions of human misery to prevail. It reaffirmed “faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women”. A few years later, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights defined those rights more fully. The Declaration was a promise by leaders from every region that they would never relent in their pursuit of fundamental rights and freedoms. They understood that this would not be an easy task.