Why human rights are no luxury

  • 2008-12-03
  • By Morten Kjaerum
Exactly 60 years have passed since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. Looking back, I think that in Europe, despite ups and downs, we can be proud of many important advances. We celebrate this anniversary today in a world no longer divided by an Iron Curtain, but deeply troubled by a global financial crisis. What does this crisis mean for human rights? How will it affect employment, education, health, or the protection of the vulnerable? Is there a risk that we might enter into a "human rights recession?"While it is too soon to predict thi...
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