The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights

While researching, I came across this document. It really does serve as a reminder that there are people out there who believe in true human rights. They have always been there. In fact, I’d argue that there are more people who support and believe in 100%, true, equal human rights than ever before.

In 1948, they believed this. Noble humans have fought with all their hearts and souls since well before then and they continue to do so to this day. While the organization doesn’t always say this politically, the concept and spirit behind the United Nations is something that we should believe in and support. If you would like to read the full document, you can here:

http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

While reading it, I found a part that really spoke to me. It’s straightforward, to the point, eloquent and true. I found it especially enlightening, considering that, even today, there are still far too many people who simply do not believe that everyone is equal. Not only does our Constitution disagree, the charter of the organization that attempts to unite the entire world does too. The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without any distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms. No one should be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Of course, we are not there yet. The fight has been going on well before 1948 and will continue to roll on long after today. This is something to aspire to, however. We are closer to this than we ever have been. Really. This is what everyone, deep down in their hearts, knows to be true. Remember there are far more who believe than there are those who do not.

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4 thoughts on “The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  1. BDH says:

    I always found it perplexing that some of the original member nations like Iraq and Cuba (and there are more) were involved in drawing-up this declaration, but have made very little progress in adopting these rights. Fortunately, I see both aforementioned countries making considerable progress over the next half century.

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