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Human Rights Protection Strategies in a Time of Crises

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This chapter reviews the crises facing the international human rights movement and then seeks to explore courses of action that might help take international protection forward. The Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Threats Challenges and Change recalled that the United Nations was created in 1945 to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. A recent study by the OECD on Emerging Risks in the 21st century identified four contexts: demography, the environment, technology and socio-economic structure. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour lamented that the vision and promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are under considerable strain. In its 2004 Report Amnesty International summarized the results of its reflections on its future human rights agenda. A collaborative NGO initiative currently underway, Human Rights 2020 seeks to identify key human rights challenges that lie ahead.

Keywords: Amnesty International; international human rights; OECD; Universal Declaration of Human Rights



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