Human Rights? -By Tina Watkins

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:

“Article 23.

  • (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.

Article 28.

  • 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.

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:

  1. Europe
  2. Kingdom of Belgium
  3. Kingdom of Denmark
  4. French Republic
  5. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  6. Kingdom of Greece
  7. Republic of Iceland
  8. Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  9. Kingdom of the Netherlands
  10. Kingdom of Norway
  11. Kingdom of Sweden
  12. Asia
  13. Kingdom of Afghanistan
  14. Union of Burma
  15. Republic of China
  16. Republic of Lebanon
  17. Dominion of India
  18. Empire of Iran
  19. Kingdom of Iraq
  20. Dominion of Pakistan
  21. Republic of Philippines
  22. Syrian Republic
  23. Kingdom of Thailand
  24. Republic of Turkey
  25. Africa
  26. Kingdom of Egypt
  27. Empire of Ethiopia
  28. Republic of Liberia
  29. Americas
  30. Argentine Republic
  31. Republic of Bolivia
  32. Republic of the United States of Brazil
  33. Dominion of Canada
  34. Republic of Chile
  35. Republic of Colombia
  36. Republic of Costa Rica
  37. Republic of Cuba
  38. Dominican Republic
  39. Republic of Ecuador
  40. Republic of El Salvador
  41. Republic of Guatemala
  42. Republic of Haiti
  43. United Mexican States
  44. Republic of Nicaragua
  45. Republic of Panama
  46. Republic of Paraguay
  47. Republic of Peru
  48. Republic of Venezuela
  49. United States of America
  50. Oriental Republic of Uruguay
  51. Oceania
  52. Australia
  53. New Zealand

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights)

Source of all quotations above, and full text: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml#a23

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