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French jurist and lawyer René Cassin is best known for his involvement in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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French jurist and lawyer René Cassin, born on October 5, 1887, in Bayonne, France, was the president of the European Court of Human Rights and is best known for his involvement in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After the fall of France in June 1940, he joined General Charles de Gaulle in London and served as a key member of the Free French government in exile. Cassin won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1968.
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When Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel died in 1896, he left his fortune to create an annual series of prizes for the individuals who confer "the greatest benefit on mankind." The most prestigious of the awards is the Nobel Peace Prize. Historians believe Alfred Nobel wanted to award people who work for peace to compensate for his own role in inventing dynamite. Since its establishment, the prize has gone to many courageous individuals who have fought for peace and human rights around the world.
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