UDHR was accepted - 10 December 1948 drafted by a committee formed by United Nations Commission On Human Rights Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady of the USA, wife of Franklin D Roosevelt) was the chair

historic document common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations

first attempt to define and agree on fundamental rights universally protected

Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world Translated into 500+ languages

moral principles or norms that describe certain standards of human behaviour, and are regularly protected as legal rights in municipal and international law

it is non-binding and not part of customary international law counterpoint: many of its provisions are binding and have passed into customary social law

30 Basic Human Rights / 30 Articles of UDHR

UDHR + the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights + International Covenant for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights = the International Bill of Rights

extra - Hansa Jivraj Mehta was one of the 15 women who were part of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the Indian Constitution. She was also responsible for changing the language of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from “all men are born free and equal” to “all human beings are born free and equal”