Voice for the Victims

  • Bertrand Ramcharan
Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)


van Boven was a tireless voice for the victims of human rights violations. He implored the Commission on Human Rights that it could not ignore the anxiety being felt in large circles. He pointed to the structural conditions of human rights work in the international system and but he believed the UN had to face it openly. The Commission had to be the repository of justice and consciences. He placed the human factor at the centre of all of his thinking and efforts. He pleaded, for the equality and interdependence of all human beings and that if UN Member States believed in the duty of solidarity in the realization of human rights, one could not rest content when human rights are being flagrantly.


Keeping humans at the centre of the UN Advocacy for victims of violations 


  1. van Boven, TC (1982) People Matter. Amsterdam, Meulenhoff, 1982. (Edited by Hans Thoolen)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bertrand Ramcharan
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  1. 1.Airlie MountAlythUK

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