Are Human Rights Really Universal? [world Service]

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01Are Human Rights Really Universal? - The Documentary2016050320160507 (WS)

The philosophical foundations of the Universal Declaration of human rights

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Helena Kennedy QC explores the worldwide origins of human rights. She examines the philosophical foundations of the Universal Declaration, the founding document of all human rights discourse. Far from an exclusively 'Western' concept and long pre-dating the French and American revolutions and 'The Rights of Man' - they have been present around the whole globe and present for a very long time.

01Are Human Rights Really Universal? - The Documentary20160503

The philosophical foundations of the Universal Declaration of human rights

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Helena Kennedy QC explores the worldwide origins of human rights. She examines the philosophical foundations of the Universal Declaration, the founding document of all human rights discourse. Far from an exclusively 'Western' concept and long pre-dating the French and American revolutions and 'The Rights of Man' - they have been present around the whole globe and present for a very long time.

01The Documentary2016050320160507 (WS)

The philosophical foundations of the Universal Declaration of human rights

Helena Kennedy QC explores the worldwide origins of human rights. She examines the philosophical foundations of the Universal Declaration, the founding document of all human rights discourse. Far from an exclusively 'Western' concept and long pre-dating the French and American revolutions and 'The Rights of Man' - they have been present around the whole globe and present for a very long time.

02The Documentary2016051020160514 (WS)

The human rights movement vs resistance to human rights by powerful states

Human rights may aspire to be universal - they should belong to everyone, everywhere - but there has been resistance to them on philosophical or theological grounds by powerful states and world religions. Lawyer Helena Kennedy looks at these issues and the rise of the human rights movement since 1948.

(Photo: Algerian women hold a flag on which is written the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

02Universality - The Documentary2016051020160514 (WS)

The human rights movement vs resistance to human rights by powerful states

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Human rights may aspire to be universal - they should belong to everyone, everywhere - but there has been resistance to them on philosophical or theological grounds by powerful states and world religions. Lawyer Helena Kennedy looks at these issues and the rise of the human rights movement since 1948.

(Photo: Algerian women hold a flag on which is written the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

02Universality - The Documentary20160510

The human rights movement vs resistance to human rights by powerful states

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Human rights may aspire to be universal - they should belong to everyone, everywhere - but there has been resistance to them on philosophical or theological grounds by powerful states and world religions. Lawyer Helena Kennedy looks at these issues and the rise of the human rights movement since 1948.

(Photo: Algerian women hold a flag on which is written the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)