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The, Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

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The prosecution of German officials during the Nuremberg Trails following World War Two shed a spotlight on the atrocious crimes against humanity committed by the Nazi regime. Sovereign states, in addition to civil society, began to united together in order to ensure history would not repeat itself. This action culminated in the advent of the United Nations. Formed with the intention of promoting international peace and cooperation among sovereign states, the United Nations seemed like a logical step in to ensuring universal rights. In 1948, the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” was adopted with the intention of protecting and ensuring human rights, which had become a prominent issue among the international community following the bloodiest war in human history.
While the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” was undoubtedly crafted with good intentions, many contradictions exist within it’s written word. A dilemma occurs when one realizes civil and political rights (including protection from the state) of the individual guaranteed in the Declaration and the subsequent International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [ Articles 1, 3, 4, 18 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights are examples of natural rights individuals should possess] are infringed upon by perceived social and cultural rights [ Article 25 in the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the UN International Covenant on
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