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Introduction Human Rights in Turmoil: Facing Threats, Consolidating Achievements

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The international community reaffirmed its commitment to human rights by signing a programme of action which made the promotion and the protection of all human rights a priority objective of the United Nations. The world’s leading democracy, the United States of America, for example, seems to be disregarding commonly accepted standards of international law and human rights in its current war on terrorism. Human rights conventions and case law are now influencing legal norms and practice everywhere in the world. Human rights have become accepted norms in international politics and regulation, being endorsed by states, international institutions and civil societies. The consolidation of the legal protection of human rights that has taken place during the past fifty years also has positive consequences in the turbulent situation the world is in currently.

Keywords: human rights; terrorism; United Nations



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