It is sometimes forgotten that one of the premises of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights is that it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.
International human rights were conceived as a fundamental dimension to the prevention of conflicts, particularly those linked to long-standing grievances from minorities and other marginalized groups. This premise is as valid today as it was 70 years ago at the time of the adoption of the Declaration, since the vast majority of current conflicts around the world are intrastate and could be described as ethnic conflicts.
This presentation will attempt to contextualize why international human rights were acknowledged as an important dimension to addressing the prevention against tyranny and oppression, and demonstrate the link between human rights standards and the prevention of ethnic conflicts in more modern contexts, with concrete references to recent situations in the Asia-Pacific region. It will also examine a few of the UN efforts in the area of conflict prevention.
This presentation will be followed by light refreshments and conversation.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is essential.