UN Conventions on Human Rights and Children’s Rights

Human rights are basic rights and freedoms that are inherent to all humans. This entry discusses both the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and their particular relevance in and across higher education contexts.



Higher education has appeared as part of the general right to education since the 1948 UDHR. Following the postwar establishment of the UN in 1945, a dedicated human rights commission convened and drafted the UDHR which was adopted by the General Assembly of the UN on December 10, 1948, and signed by 48 signatories. The UDHR was a moral rather than a legally binding document. However, its importance lies in codifying a moral framework in recognizing ...

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