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    The world's financial crisis must not lead to an erosion of fundamental rights and freedoms, enshrined exactly 60 years ago in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations said on Dec. 9. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also said that the landmark document was echoed in the constitutions and laws of more than 90 countries, but remained an "unfulfilled promise" for millions worldwide. "There is a particular risk that, as the current financial crisis unfolds, the world's poorest and most marginalized individuals and communities could face an even more dire situation than they do at present," Pillay warned.

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