Next Steps After the Charter
The current drive for human rights began to gather strength in the early days of World War II. It was allied with the drive for an international organization that would be powerful enough to stop war. In the flood of designs for world-government that began pouring out in 1940, codes and agencies for enhancing and safe-guarding the liberty and the dignity of man as man have taken prominent place.
This movement, which in a few years has become broad and powerful, has drawn together and revivified initiatives that reach far back into the past. Its fountain-head is the age-old aspiration to equality for all men; its tributaries are the historic revolts against tyranny that have left their record in declarations and bills of rights. Chief among the forces that have swollen it of late has been an accumulating world-wide indignation over the torture and butchery of opposition elements and scape-goat minorities in the Axis countries.
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