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August 5, 1998

Health and Human RightsA Call to Action on the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

JAMA. 1998;280(5):462-464. doi:10.1001/jama.280.5.462

FIFTY YEARS ago the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to guarantee all people security, dignity, and well-being in every country of the world.1 Although not binding in international law, the UDHR has set the foundation for dozens of international treaties and laws that protect human rights. Drafted as a response to the horrors of World War II, the UDHR was intended to be taught, much as the US Constitution is taught in the United States, at every institution of learning and at every level of education throughout the world.24

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