Many strides have been made since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Promoting and protecting human rights has become a key theme in contemporary international relations. The mass media are more aware of the rights of women, minorities, and cultures. Within the UN itself, a High Commissioner for Human Rights monitors abuses globally.
And yet, as the UN celebrates the golden jubilee of the declaration, one of the most basic human rights – the right to live with dignity – is denied to the vast majority of humans.