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Have Human Rights Treaties Failed?

by Bill Hayes

The New York Times’ Room for Debate lets various knowledgeable contributors discuss news events and other timely issues. One recent debate covered: Have Human Rights Treaties Failed?

Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the U.N. in 1948, numerous formal treaties have been negotiated between nations that recognize hundreds of human rights – including political rights and civil rights, the rights to work and have access to health care and education. But some critics say that these treaties are too idealistic, and not easily enforced.

Do international human rights treaties work to protect vulnerable populations, or should they be abandoned in favor of other measures? [more]