John Peters Humphrey: The Man and His Speeches

John Peters Humphrey was a prolific writer and speaker. In addition to publishing memoirs and an autobiography, Humphrey prepared and delivered hundreds of speeches before and after his time as Director of the United Nations Human Rights Division. Many of these speeches elaborated his views on human rights in the aftermath of the celebrated creation of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Below you will find analyses of over fifty of John Humphrey’s speeches, carefully prepared by the members of HIST 370 (Human Rights in Canada). The posts are varied: some shed light on what animated Humphrey’s world views, others find fault with his selected approach to questions of human rights and still others assess the enduring impact of Humphrey’s words on contemporary understandings of human rights in Canada and the world.

 

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