In 1948, the world was ravaged by the global destruction caused by World War II. More than 70 million people lost their lives, and countless others were hurt.
The world forever changed.
The world was in conflict and the world came together.
One of the first steps in healing was to draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): “With the end of that war, and the creation of the United Nations, the international community vowed never again to allow atrocities like those of that conflict happen again. World leaders decided to complement the UN Charter with a road map to guarantee the rights of every individual everywhere. The document they considered, and which would later become the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was taken up at the first session of the General Assembly in 1946.”
The federal government is consistently choosing to sustain the military industrial complex at the expense of programs that protect the human rights of its citizens. Meanwhile, in places like Watts the unemployment rate isn’t the 15% the United States claims to be appalled by: It is FIFTY percent.
Our systems are succeeding at failing.
Want to learn? Want to be safe? Want to eat? Want to work? Want to practice your religion freely? To assemble in protest? To have your privacy protected? To have a fair trial? To see the law applied equally? To not be enslaved?
Excerpted from the UDHR:
- (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
- (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
- (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
- (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
- Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.”
It is sickening to know the reality is, many of us are made to feel our human rights are in fact privileges. We hope you’ll read the full text and feel the affirmation of those universal human rights that unite us in common dignity.
Below is the preamble.
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.”
The following countries adopted the UDHR in 1948:
- Kingdom of Belgium
- Kingdom of Denmark
- French Republic
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Kingdom of Greece
- Republic of Iceland
- Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
- Kingdom of the Netherlands
- Kingdom of Norway
- Kingdom of Sweden
- Kingdom of Afghanistan
- Union of Burma
- Republic of China
- Republic of Lebanon
- Dominion of India
- Empire of Iran
- Kingdom of Iraq
- Dominion of Pakistan
- Republic of Philippines
- Syrian Republic
- Kingdom of Thailand
- Republic of Turkey
- Kingdom of Egypt
- Empire of Ethiopia
- Republic of Liberia
- Argentine Republic
- Republic of Bolivia
- Republic of the United States of Brazil
- Dominion of Canada
- Republic of Chile
- Republic of Colombia
- Republic of Costa Rica
- Republic of Cuba
- Dominican Republic
- Republic of Ecuador
- Republic of El Salvador
- Republic of Guatemala
- Republic of Haiti
- United Mexican States
- Republic of Nicaragua
- Republic of Panama
- Republic of Paraguay
- Republic of Peru
- Republic of Venezuela
- United States of America
- Oriental Republic of Uruguay
- New Zealand
Source of all quotations above, and full text: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml#a23