#111 read the declaration of human rights

26 Jul

I actually never knew there was a declaration of human rights; makes sense that there is one though. December 10th, 1948 the General Assembly of the UN created and promoted these rights. All Assembly members called on member nations to publicize the text and recommended it be discussed in schools. The Declaration includes a Preamble and 30 Articles. I feel its very similiar to our Bill of Rights…

Some of the Articles include:

  • Article 1: 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.
  • Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
  • Article 9: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
  • Article 13: (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
  • Article 23: Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
  • Article 26: (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

I chose to highlight these six articles because I feel that they are most important, especially considering everything that is happening within our country alone…For instance Article 5 relates to debates about the death penalty and torture of POWs; Article 9 happens everyday when there is stereotyping by police, teachers, anyone; Article 13 deals with immigration (I’m very against Arizona’s stance on this…and its time for the White House to get some legislation through to make citizenship easier); Article 23 and our poor economy and high unemployment rate; and finally Article 26 about education, we all know the education system has failed so many of our children.

We are sixty-two years into the Declaration and really has the world met any of these objectives? There is a long way to go…I think it’s important to read and reflect on these Articles. I plan to incorporate these rights into a lesson this year and make my kids aware. I think it will be really beneficial to dissect and debate each Article- whether you may believe it or not, my kids provide me with really great insight. 

“If you want to innovate…it takes people willing to do what is not expected.”

-Jean Ribould

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