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Only Human: 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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In December 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, setting out a standard of basic rights and freedoms inherent and inalienable to all human beings across the globe.

Seventy years later, we look back on this revolutionary moment and reflect on the status and progress of human rights today. Our panel of experts, including Ruth Barson, Nyadol Nyuon, Hugh de Kretser and Damian Griffis, discuss some of Australia’s human rights failings – the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offshore detention for asylum seekers, in particular – within the context of global progress towards improved human rights.

Who are the critics, and what are the criticisms, of the theoretical and legal framework of human rights? And what does it mean when our elected representatives openly flout our obligations?

Presented in partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre.

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