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Out of the carnage and atrocities of World War Two, the United Nations adopted the Universal of Declaration of Human Rights.

The document was meant to set out a series of freedoms including the freedom from arbitrary arrest, of expression and religion as well as the freedom to work and obtain an education.

Sixty years on, the world is seemingly split between North and South or rich and poor as nations argue over what rights should take priority – civil and political or economic and social rights.

On Tuesday's Riz Khan, we look at whose rights take precedence and what impact the Iraq war, Guantanamo and Darfur have had on finding common ground when it comes to the basic rights of human beings.

Joining our programme from the United Nations is Navi Pillay, the high commissioner for human rights. Later in the programme, we will be joined by Philippe Sands,  the author of Torture Team: Uncovering War Crimes in the Land of the Free.

Guest host Anand Naidoo asks: Can there be any consensus on human rights?


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Source: Al Jazeera