ERIC Number: ED222421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Human Rights: 1948-1978--Changing Perceptions. A Wingspread Conference.
Sohn, Louis B.; Roosevelt, Curtis
Conference participants examined the attitudes toward human rights which led to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, as compared to today's perceptions of the meaning of human rights. Using Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" as a point of departure--freedom of speech and expression, freedom of every person to worship in his own way, freedom from want, and freedom from fear--the participants examined the declaration to ascertain its applicability to today's world situation. Factors in today's world situations which might change the picture were examined. For example, there is a new balance between national sovereignty and global concerns. But new tensions are created by many problems such as over-population, hunger, and the effects of industrialization. To deal with these issues will require some important changes in 30-year-old perceptions in the field of human rights. A second major aspect of today's human rights picture is the public attention brought to this issue by the Reagan administration. There are many questions in the public mind regarding the U.S. stance vis-a-vis human rights, such as, Are we trying to impose our views on human rights on others' domestic policies? (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Freedom of Speech, Global Approach, Social Change, World Problems
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission to Study the Organization of Peace, New York, NY.