What are the objectives of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

The preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) makes it clear that it was a simple testimony to the fact that it was the first normative response of the then international community to the terrible experiences it had during the Second World war. 

It noted that ‘disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind. 

Therefore, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrined the following ideas:

  • It emphasized that ‘recognition of the inherent dignity and of equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. 
  • It also stressed that a common understanding of the human rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN charter is of the greatest importance for the full realization of the pledge. 

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