© Chuck Duboff
“Human Rights: rights which are inherent to all human beings, regardless of nationality, race, sex, ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination.” United Nations.
Questions to ponder:
Ask yourself these questions: do you believe that every human being living on this earth is entitled to basic human rights? Is there a piece within you which believes that you are more entitled to these rights than others? Do you look at individuals and say that they are deserving of their less than ideal living conditions and are therefore not as entitled to basic human rights? Do you believe that basic human rights are bestowed upon all individuals throughout the world, or is there a class of human beings which controls and subjugates others, to their benefit? Do you ever look down upon others? Do you generalize and stereotype others and develop a belief that they are less worthy of basic human rights?
Do you believe it is your responsibility to ensure that all citizens of this planet are receiving basic human rights or do you hide your head in the sand and let others do the hard work?
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
- We are all free and equal
- Don’t discriminate
- The right to life
- No slavery – past or present.
- No torture
- We all have the same right to use the law.
- We are all protected by the law.
- Fair treatment by fair courts
- No unfair detainment
- The right to trial
- Innocent until proven guilty
- The right to privacy
- Freedom to move
- The right to asylum
- The right to a nationality
- Marriage and family
- The right to own things
- Free to say what you want
- Freedom of thought
- Meet where you like
- The right to democracy
- The right to social security
- Worker’s rights
- The right to play
- A bed and some food
- The right to education
- Culture and copyright
- A free and fair world
- Our responsibilities to others
- Nobody can take away these rights and freedoms from us.
While reading this list of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, what were your thoughts? Did any of these rights make you uncomfortable? Do you believe that our society is making these rights available to all of our citizens?
I asked a wise man, my very good friend, Al Bryski, retired teacher, writer, philosophizer, how he would define Human Rights:
“To me a human right is the right for every person, every single one, to have equal rights to choice and opportunity, whether it be the freedom to get a job, to get a partner of one’s choice, the right to move freely, and the right to work at any job that they, the person, is qualified for, without threats of harassment, without any abuse, or any threat of being fired. It also means to me the right to freedom of religion and freedom of speech and the right to equal treatment in the due process of law. Summing it up, it is for me treating every person with the dignity and respect they are entitled to.”
What are you doing to help promote Human Rights? Are you sitting on the sidelines or are you doing something to make this a healthier world in which we live?
“Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society.” Muhammad Yunus