December 14, 2021

Episode 28: State of Democracy, Part II

70 years after the establishment of the United Nations and the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are witnessing mounting human rights abuses in every corner of the globe. These abuses are piling up alongside what experts say is a pattern of global democratic retreat, forcing us to wonder if these two phenomena are linked together. Are democracy and human rights interdependent? And if so, how do we address a world where both are seemingly in decline? Debra Perlin speaks with Juan Mendez, Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence, to answer these and other questions about the state of democracy around the world.

Episode Host: Debra Perlin, ACS Director of Policy and Program
Episode Guest: Juan Mendez, Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence, American University - Washington College of Law


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