“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity” (Nelson Mandela). The recognition of International Human Rights has started in the 20th century. The legal foundation of International Human Rights Law is with any doubt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly. Within the 58 members states of the time, 48 countries voted in favor. Today all UN countries, meaning 193, are bounded by the declaration. It has become the ultimate reference when it comes to Human Rights. The declaration was set out following World War II and all atrocities individuals have endured. After the Holocaust, the international community got concerned and reacted. The main worry was the fact that a specific group got discriminated against because of its religion. The outbreak of War World II resulted in many Human Rights abuses such as genocide, torture, and exploitation. Human beings have been denied their freedom. Today, numerous international treaties, bodies, and conventions strive to defend our inherent Human Rights. However, there are still numerous Human Rights violations, even though most countries have signed and ratified legal documents under International Human Rights law. 

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