A year for human rights


The massive and systematic human rights abuses committed during World War II promoted the development of human rights protection. In 1948 international organizations adopted several important conventions recognising the universality of human rights such as the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man (April, 1948), the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (December, 1948) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since the Declaration was adopted on 10 December, this date was chosen to honor the first global enunciation of human rights (Human Rights Day).