The Soviet Union and the Creation of the International Human Rights System

The following comments draw from the authors Eric D. Weitz´s upcoming book : A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of the Nation-State (Princeton: Princeton University Press, forthcoming 2019).

Most people think that the international human rights system is a liberal creation fostered by the United States and its allies. There are good grounds for such views. In the late 1940s, Eleanor Roosevelt and René Cassin co-chaired the United Nations committee that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), while the Soviet Union and its allies abstained on the read on...

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This article has been published on 05.12.2018 on the portal Zeitgeschichte-online of the Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
Transnationale Geschichte UdSSR/Russland 1945-