The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first document to attempt to encapsulate a common vision of rights and freedoms for all human beings.
Drawn up in the years after World War II and the Holocaust, 48 countries voted to adopt it in Paris in December 1948.
Here in this audio slideshow, Kenneth Roth - the Executive Director of the campaign group Human Rights Watch - offers his view of how human rights have changed in the past 60 years.
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On 10 December 2008, Radio 4's The World Tonight and the BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent Paul Adams will be exploring whether or not governments have upheld the principles of the UDHR. The programme will then be available for seven days on the BBC iPlayer.
Slideshow by Paul Kerley. Publication date 10 December 2008.
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