The Principle of Humanity

  • Robin Ramcharan
  • Bertrand Ramcharan


Asia contributed substantially to shaping the foundation articles of the Universal Declaration, Articles 1 and 2. This chapter looks at the vision of the drafters and then discusses the legal and philosophical significance of Articles 1 and 2, elucidating the contents of eight concepts that appear in the two articles (human beings, free, equal, dignity, rights, reason, conscience, brotherhood). It concludes by examining policy and normative developments undertaken in implementation of the two articles since the Universal Declaration was adopted 70 years ago.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robin Ramcharan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bertrand Ramcharan
    • 3
  1. 1.Webster UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Asia CentreBangkokThailand
  3. 3.Emeritus President, UPR InfoAlythUK

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