Mémoclip: René CASSIN (1887-1976), Nobel Peace Prize
End production: 09/12/2011 First transmission: 09/12/2011
Memoclip on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of a stele dedicated to René CASSIN.
René Samuel Cassin (1887-1976) was a French jurist, law professor and judge. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1968 for his work in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. He was also a member (1959–1965) and president (1965–1968) of the European Court of Human Rights.
Origin of the footage : Council of Europe
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||(Mute) - First meeting of the Drafting Board for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Various representatives (René CASSIN Vice-President and chair of the French delegation - San Francisco, USA - 01/04/1946)
||SOUNDBITE (French), René CASSIN : "Our statement is the strongest and the most necessary protest of humanity against the atrocities and the oppressions which suffered so many millions of people over the centuries and especially during and between the wars." (1948)
||SOUNDBITE (French), René CASSIN: "This Declaration is the protest of the human conscience against the massacres and injustices which caused too many victims. The governments of the world have the duty to establish institutions to prevent such killings and to ensure the Human rights on an effective manner. The Universal Declaration coincides in the World History, almost year to year, with the discovery of the nuclear power. The Powers that man possesses now, create larger duties. It wouldn't serve for men to have discovered new means of power if they were not used for the general good of mankind. The public authorities can't do everything. It is necessary that citizens and those who think and do, work to deepen the concepts in relation with the Human Rights and try to change gradually the attitudes of their own citizens. All human beings should understand that above the small local entity and the largest national entity, there is a general partnership, a joint venture, which must meet all the human beings. That's why we founded the International Institute of Human Rights." (Strasbourg, France - 15/12/1969)