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Ukraine and the Rebirth of Human Rights

While rights and their legal underpinnings have gone underappreciated in recent years, the past 12 months have created an impetus for revival. Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and the mass atrocities that followed are a stark reminder why human rights were enshrined in international law in the first place.

NEW YORK – As democracy has receded in many parts of the world, “human rights” – and the language, institutions, and framework of laws to which the concept has given rise over the past 75 years – have increasingly attracted criticism.