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Public Record - 60 Years After the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


The Academic Council on the United Nations System hosts a panel discussion entitled “Sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Waterloo, Ont., December 10, 2008.

The panellists are Rhoda Howard-Hassmann (Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights), Ramesh Thakur (director, Balsillie School of International Affairs), and Paul Heinbecker (former Canadian ambassador to the UN).

The panellists discuss a variety of topics ranging from the origins of the Declaration of Human Rights, its successes and failures, as well as how the Canadian government has drifted away from a leadership role on the human rights front. After speaking, panellists answer questions from audience members.


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