The Berlin International Human Rights Congress (BIHRC)

"Human Rights and Democracy in a Globalized World - Moving Towards an International Consensus"

(Berlin; October 1st - 4th, 2010)

Human Rights Introduction


Establishment of the United Nations

After two months of deliberation at the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, the United Nations (UN) is established by the signing of the Charter of the United Nations on 26 June 1945. Chief amongst the main aims stated within the Charter is the promotion and protection of “respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion”. A development from the League of Nations Covenant, which contained no provision for the protection of individual human rights, the foundation of the United Nations signals a move by the international community towards an acknowledgement of the universality of individual rights and freedoms.