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1995: human rights "in suspension"

Although the Vienna Conference of 1993 reaffirmed by consensus the universality of human rights and the legitimacy of international concern for them, some States have reinitiated the practice of labelling them as "Western", and of resorting to the traditional concept of sovereignty to avoid the monitoring of their internal situation. The revival of such attitudes within the UN Commission on Human Rights, together with the resistance shown by these same governments in association with others to accept at the Copenhagen Summit on Social Development conceptual advances already enshrined in the documents adopted at the Cairo Conference on Population and Development point to serious difficulties ahead in the international efforts to protect human rights.


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