Human Rights: Questions and Answers is motivated by a strong belief in the value of human rights education. Citizens can only exercise and claim their rights — and respect and defend the rights of others — if they have sufficient knowledge of human rights norms and mechanisms for their protection. This book provides the general public with clear, concise and up-to-date information on human rights standards in an attempt to help prevent past atrocities from happening again and anticipate the emergence of new threats.
First published in 1981, Human Rights: Questions and Answers has been reedited and revised several times and translated into more than thirty languages. To mark the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights, it is hoped that this publication will keep contributing to the promotion of the principles of universality, indivisibility, interrelatedness and interdependence of all human rights which were reaffirmed at the Vienna Conference in 1993.