Human Rights and the United Nations: A Great Adventure

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Human Rights and the United Nations: A Great Adventure

By John P. Humphrey
Transnational Publishers, 1983
350 pp. $35.00
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Professor Humphrey, a Canadian, served the U.N. from 1946 to 1966 at the center of all the work in the field of human rights. He gives an insider's story of the negotiations and debates on the Declaration of Human Rights and the conventions on genocide and on civil and political rights. Much of the book appears to have come from the author's diary, with details on hotels and dinners and the like, and personal opinions on various officials and personalities. Not all of it will be as great an adventure to readers as it was to him.