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Human Rights and the End of EmpireBritain and the Genesis of the European Convention$
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A. W Brian Simpson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267897

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267897.001.0001

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Human Rights and the Structure of the Brave New World

Human Rights and the Structure of the Brave New World

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Human Rights and the End of Empire


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This chapter describes the development of the idea of the United Nations as a permanent organization. The organization was to provide security, by controlling future German and Japanese aggression, and by ensuring the peaceful settlement of international disputes. The protection of individual rights in a just post-war world hardly featured in early official planning. There was also potential serious conflict over two basic and related issues. Roosevelt was extremely hostile to colonialism and the British Empire. He also favoured international free trade. Britain envisaged a long future for its evolving colonial empire, and had no plans of abandoning the system of imperial preference over tariffs.

Keywords:   individual rights, post-war world, United Nations, colonialism, British Empire, Roosevelt

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