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Human Rights Summit

World Conference on Human Rights
Vienna, 14-25 June 1993

A Brief Introduction *

The World Conference on Human Rights in 1993 reaffirmed international commitment to all human rights, and to strengthening the mechanisms for monitoring and promoting human rights worldwide (see also Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

It led to the appointment of the first High Commissioner for Human Rights, to improve the ability of the UN to act quickly and efficiently to prevent rights violations and promote fundamental freedoms.

The Conference also instigated the inclusion of human rights as an integral element in UN peace-keeping missions, and declared the link between democracy, development and human rights.


* taken and adapted from: United Nations Conferences: What have They Accomplished? at


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