Saturday, 10 December 2016

Human rights day


In 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In 1950, the Assembly invited all States and interested organisations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

Every year has a different theme, 2016's theme is to stand up for someone's rights.
Although I believe that human rights should be diligently observed every single minute of our lives, it is good that there is a specific day to remind us about them.

Here are two articles in the Declaration I personally chose to speak and remind everyone about. But all of them are equally important. The reason I chose these two is because they regard my immigrant status.


Image from http://unpo.org

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 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.

If you wish to read the whole declaration with all 30 Articles, here is the link: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Documents/UDHR_Translations/eng.pdf  

This year, more than ever, Article 1 and 13 have been stepped on without any consideration. It seems that if you are born in a less developed country, you are not at the same level with someone born in the USA or UK, for example.

Since the beginning of time, for too many years, people have been enslaved, tortured, deprived of their human rights because of the colour of their skin, their gender, their sexual interest, their nationality.  - Article 2 Freedom from Discrimination.
We speak and preach about rights, but how many care for real?
People at the power are the first ones to instigate all others against the weakest or less fortunate in the society.

If you think of doing something to a person in need today, I salute you, however, one day a year is not enough.
At Christmas we say that we should be better people, I say we should be striving to become a better person every day.

I urge you, humans, to think before speaking and acting to the detriment of your peers. We are all humans.

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Thank you for your visit. See you soon, amazing human being.


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