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As the General Assembly convenes in New York, the world body’s historic failures to protect human rights can no longer be ignored
This week, New York City observed an annual ritual. As the United Nations opens its General Assembly, large parts of Manhattan shut down. Each September, as a lifelong New Yorker, I listen to the minor complaints, think about fifty-plus years of my own human-rights activism and corresponding U.N. disappointments, and grit my teeth: what are a few disappointments, and some traffic jams, next to world peace?