The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted after the end of World War II on 10 December 10, 1948 by United Nation (UN) General Assembly in Paris. UDHR was adopted after the world was drenched with atrocities by promising that war and conflict of such kind would never exist. At the time when the countries were badly devastated by World War II UDHR was drafted looking beyond the world of war and accepting the right of all individual to live in peaceful environment.
It was during the second session of General Assembly in 1946 when people from various legal and cultural backgrounds of all regions of the world drafted UDHR. The document was prepared by Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights and group of researcher’s. Also referred as the international Magna Carta UDHR was formed by 18 UN members from various political, cultural and religious backgrounds that read:
“Man’s desire for peace lies behind this Declaration. The realization that the flagrant violation of human rights by Nazi and Fascist countries sowed the seeds of the last world war has supplied the impetus for the work which brings us to the moment of achievement here today”
(via How was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights created? | Blog Action Day October 16 2013)