61 years old: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Rational Rant reminds us, December 10 is the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Our Bill of Rights is good; have you ever really read the UDHR and compared?  Go look, see what you agree with, or whether you have any disputes.

sbh explains:

10 December is Human Rights Day, commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly on this day in 1948. And how appropriate it is to the season. Consider 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.

Damn right. In a way it’s sad that the remaining twenty-nine articles have to exist at all, spelling out that people should not be tortured (Article 4) or enslaved (Article 5), or deprived of employment (Article 23) or leisure (Article 24) or education (Article 26). Shouldn’t this all go without saying? Apparently not; when the nation that prides itself on being the city on the hill and the beacon of hope for the world descends to torture and degradation of human beings for political ends all bets are off.

Comparison of the BoR and UDHR makes a good discussion assignment, and could probably be turned into a DBQ.

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