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NEWNATIONS BULLETIN 15TH FEBRUARY 2012
Rights Under Attack
The Organisations That Fight To Defend Them
The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 was
carried without dissent but with 8 abstentions, agreed in the wake
of the bloodiest war in human history. It is the definitive
statement of the fundamental rights of humankind.
Since then, human rights and freedoms have been under
continuous attack by powerful political and economic elites, around
the world - as they had always been throughout history.
Yet on the other side of the ‘balance sheet’ there are
organisations whose vigilance and determination in individual
countries and the world, highlights the excesses of dictatorial and
other regimes - including from time to time even shortfalls in the
behaviour of acknowledged, normally democratic nations.
Here we describe the work of some of the most prominent of
the organisations that are dedicated to defend those human rights,
in both general and specific ways. The contact details of each of
those featured here will be permanently posted for future reference
on both our Newnations and World Audit websites.
HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK