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More than fifty years ago, the nations of the world came together to make a revolutionary pledge: Together, they would work to promote "universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms." Although significant progress has been made toward this goal in the half-century since, the world remains rife with human rights abuses. In Haiti, the turmoil unleashed in the wake of Aristide's removal from power has opened the door to growing violence. In Nigeria, the weeks leading up to local elections saw politically motivated killings and the use of violence to secure votes. Ethnic violence continues to seethe in the former Yugoslavia, with recent news of attacks on Serbs by ethnic Albanians.
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