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

October 27, 1961

The Checkpoint Charlie standoff

American officers are denied access to East Berlin. US tanks therefore arrive at checkpoint Charlie, shortly followed by Soviet tanks facing them only 50 meters away. The Standoff lasts for sixteen hours until both sides step down. This incident directly triggers the Cuban missile crisis. This period of the Cold War is remembered as the closest point to a Nuclear War between the US and the USSR.