Today is the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Human Rights. It was signed in 1948 and was agreed upon by all the countries that made up the United Nations (over 190). 61 years later, can we say this document has served it's member nations successfully, or is it no more than good intentions. One only has to see to draconian measures that have been implemented in the name of prevention of terrorism, in the US (Patriot Act) and in the UK (Prevention of Terrorism Act), both of which were hastily drawn up without a thought for peoples liberties. Also some notable countries who are UN members and have a somewhat dodgy attitude to human rights since its conception; Most countries previously considered Eastern Bloc, African nations such as Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Somalia, Nigeria, and also Myanmar (Burma) and Israel (how does this country get away with so often) to name but a few. I have seen first hand how a country gives carte blanche to its 'secret police' ( Staatssicherheit) to do what they saw fit with its citizens, with a grave outcome. However we should all be thankful that such agreement exists, even if it is not always applied.