Human Rights and Security in US History

OUPblog 2015

13 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2015 Last revised: 15 Dec 2015

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Kevin H. Govern

Ave Maria University - Ave Maria School of Law

Date Written: December 9, 2015

Abstract

This Human Rights Day, commemorating the 10 December 1948 proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we embark on a year-long observance of the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966. Together these documents form an International Bill of Human Rights, the birthright of all human beings with respect to civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights.

The United States has drawn world focus on rights and freedoms – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear – often in the context of preserving and promoting human rights through strong national and homeland security efforts, and requisite defense support to civil authorities, in the wake of natural and man-made disasters threatening each of those rights and freedoms.

Keywords: Human Rights, Human Rights Day, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenants, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, United Nations, United States, civil rights, national security, homeland security

JEL Classification: F2, K33, K40, K42, N4, H56

Suggested Citation

Govern, Kevin H., Human Rights and Security in US History (December 9, 2015). OUPblog 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2701500

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