Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Research Paper

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General assembly in 1948. Sixty- eight years after its issue, some individuals argue that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is still more of a dream rather than reality. Amnesty International’s World Report 2013 showed that individuals had been tortured in at least 81 countries, faced unfair trials in 54 countries and had been restricted in their freedom in at least 77 countries. So what are the consequences when a country breaches the law and what implications might this have on the enforcement? The United Nations is not a world government and can therefore not make laws. This is why The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not a legally binding document. Many countries have, however, ratified it and adopted the declaration into their own law book. The United Nations has also…show more content…
What if a state commits a crime? Who are in charge of the punishment or maintaining order? There is no “international police” so this is where the UN comes in. When the UN receives a complaint, an investigation is initiated. Depending on the issue, the UN can help with trials, financial aid or keeping the peace. The ability of the UN to intervene and make things better depend on two things. The country’s relationship with the UN’s mechanism and the ambition to maintain or strengthen its international reputation. UN’s peacekeeping forces can also be deployed in countries in certain situations where there are no other options available. A country can request these forces following a resolution in one of Eu’s investigations. It can also be necessary for the UN to deploy peacekeeping forces when a country has a breakdown in the rule of law in a country. As UN’s main objective is peace, deploying forces of all kinds will always be used as the last resort if nothing else seem to resolve the
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