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Humphrey Wrote It

In response to:

Is the UN Doomed? from the February 15, 2007 issue

To the Editors:

In my recent essay on the United Nations [“Is the UN Doomed?,” NYR, February 15] I described René Cassin as “the French jurist who drafted the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Canadian readers have reminded me that even though Cassin is the final declaration’s best-known author, the first preliminary draft was undertaken by the Canadian lawyer John Peters Humphrey, who was director of the UN Secretariat’s Human Rights Division. I am happy to acknowledge the correction.

Tony Judt

New York City

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