Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Celebrating the 70th anniversary

Presented by ANU College of Law

On 10 December 1948, the UN General Assembly, presided by Australia's HV 'Doc' Evatt, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Born out of 'barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind', the UDHR promised to usher in a new era founded on the 'equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family'.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary and reflect on its promise, the Embassy of Switzerland is hosting the Australian premiere of Markus Imhoof's Eldorado, which has already won the 2018 Amnesty International film prize in Berlin and is running for the Oscars in 2019. The film explores the challenges facing refugees trying to reach Europe alongside Imhoof's own recollections of his family's response to the refugee crisis of his youth during World War II.

A panel of eminent experts will share their thoughts on the current state of the 'age of rights'.