Defending human rights in a changing world

Six decades on from the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), every country in the world has formally signed up to at least one core human rights treaty. But if the idea of human rights is so “mainstream”, why is it that defending human rights can still be so dangerous? The killing of Anna Politkovskaya is not an isolated case. Amnesty International has documented attacks on human rights defenders in most countries around the world. If this is the age of rights, this is not yet the age of the rights defender.

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