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Review Article
Published online: September 1, 2020
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14330/cwr.2020.6.2.11

Historic Achievement of A Common Standard: Pengchun Chang and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Wei-Chih Liou
National Taiwan Normal University
Corresponding Author: caminoliou@hotmail.com

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Abstract

Pengchun Chang (hereafter P.C. Chang), who spearheaded the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has been unjustly neglected by most researchers for a long time. In the book, Historic Achievement of A Common Standard: Pengchun Chang and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Dr. Pinghua Sun used all existing literature about and by P.C. Chang, along with official records of the United Nations to explore P.C. Chang’s life, ideologies, and actions, especially the important speeches and actions he made in drafting the UDHR. The historic meaning of P.C. Chang was thereafter analyzed and evaluated. Based on Dr. Sun’s research, P.C. Chang’s achievements are in the establishment of a human rights standard with universal values, not simply Western values. In his publication, he not only represents the outstanding contributions of P.C. Chang, but also those of the Chinese people and Confucianism..

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