The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by United Nation (UN) assembly on 10 December 1948. It was put together by a commission under the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt. The Declaration is a direct result of the experience of the Second World War and is the first international acknowledgment of human right put on paper. The articles were not obligations (binding law) for the states that signed it, but it has been very influential for the binding International Human Right treaties that were created in the decades after, as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976) and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights(1976).