P. C. Chang and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
ISBN: 0812250567
EAN13: 9780812250565
Language: English
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 1.102362" H x 9.251968" L x 6.417323" W
Weight: 1.415368 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is one of the world's best-known and most translated documents. When it was presented to the United Nations General Assembly in December in 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt, chair of the writing group, called it a new Magna Carta for all mankind. The passage of time has shown Roosevelt to have been largely correct in her prediction as to the declaration's importance. No other document in the world today can claim a comparable standing in the international community.

Roosevelt and French legal expert Ren Cassin have often been represented as the principal authors of the UN Declaration. But in fact, it resulted from a collaborative effort involving a number of individuals in different capacities. One of the declaration's most important authors was the vice chairman of the Human Rights Commission, Peng Chun Chang (1892-1957), a Chinese diplomat and philosopher whose contribution has been the focus of growing attention in recent years. Indeed, it is Chang who deserves the credit for the universality and religious ecumenism that are now regarded as the declaration's defining features. Despite this, Chang's extraordinary contribution was overlooked by historians for many years.

Peng Chun Chang was a modern-day Renaissance man--teacher, scholar, university chancellor, playwright, diplomat, and politician. A true cosmopolitan, he was Read More chevron_right

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