Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

Vienna Declaration on Human Rights

  • Courtland Lewis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_666

The World Conference on Human Rights adopted the “Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action” (VDPA) on 25 June 1993 with a consensus vote of all participants. Between June 14 and 25, 1993, 7,000 participants comprised of 171 delegations from United Nations’ member states and several international governmental and nongovernmental groups debated the role of human rights in contemporary international relations and designed a document that called for a more thorough understanding of human rights and presented specific prescriptions for protecting them.

The VDPA is comprised of a statement of adoption from the World Conference on Human Rights and two separate parts (Part I: The Vienna Declaration and Part II: The Programme of Action) that contain a total of 139 paragraphs. The Vienna Declaration reaffirms the Charter of the United Nations that assumes all people are inherently worthy and suggests ways of strengthening the United Nations’ ability to ensure that the rights of every person...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Courtland Lewis
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Tennessee, Pellissippi State Technical Community CollegeKnoxvilleUSA