The fear engendered by armed conflict and terrorism is such that many people believe that human rights must give way to the needs of security. This does not take into account the fact that human rights law contains within its provisions a careful balance between the respect of the inherent dignity and freedom of each individual and the legitimate needs of others. The first attempt at articulating the content of human rights by the international community, namely, the drafting of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, resulted in a list of rights, civil...
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