Dusk or Dawn for the Human Rights Movement?

Author
Sarah E. Mendelson
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
32
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
About a month before the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United States elected its first African-American president, Barack Obama. This historic event, a fitting milestone, brings to life that declaration, which human rights activists and legal scholars regard as the sacred text. Obama's election fulfills a dream of the U.S. civil rights movement, a struggle that relied as much on the UDHR as on the courage of the men and women who for decades fought to make the United States a ''more perfect union.'' For human rights defenders around the world, its significance cannot be overstated.
Topic
Human Rights
Political Geography
Africa, United States, America