Building peace in the minds of men and women

Human rights: the struggle continues

Respect for human rights has come a long way, some say. Others argue that they are still flouted almost everywhere, and that the return of unbridled market forces around the globe threatens the strides made in the past half-century. Progress here, setbacks there, new demands everywhere. As the world changes, who is fighting to defend human dignity and fulfil the universal aspiration to a better life? And how? What are states, citizens and international bodies doing to promote rights that too many people still do not enjoy? Is globalization making the struggle easier or more difficult? One thing is sure: the long battle for “all rights for everyone” is far from over.

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October 1998