70 years ago today. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In 1948 Dr Herbert Vere Evatt ( ‘Doc’) was elected President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the only Australian to have ever held the position.


Dr. H.V. Evatt
Dr. H.V. Evatt

He presided over the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the cornerstone of human rights protection throughout the modern world.

The Doc reflected:

It was the first occasion on which the organised community of nations had made a declaration of human rights and fundamental freedoms…

…millions of people, men, women and children all over the world would turn to it for help, guidance and inspiration.

How are we doing, 70 years on?


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