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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

We often speak about human rights, but what do we actually mean when we use that term? What rights do we consider the rights that should be afforded to each and every human being? When do we think that a person's rights have been violated? Often we have a general idea when we think about human rights or more often than not, we may only recognize them when we see them being violated.

On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UDHR was adopted to outline and set a baseline standard as to what rights should be considered the standard for each and every nation. The UDHR was agreed upon by all nations who were members of the UN. In addition to laying out the guidelines for the standard of human rights in member nations, the UDHR called upon member nations to adhere to and promote these rights in their countries and territories.

The UNHR was adopted over 60 years ago. It is interesting to read the UDHR not only to get an idea of what rights UN member nations agreed were inalienable human rights, but to also see how far we have progressed toward insuring that these rights are observed, upheld, and promoted by member nations. It is also interesting to discover what nations, including the United States, have actually failed to adhere to and or are in violation of the very code they themselves established.

Go to the UN website and read the UDHR. Read it, and then join in the fight to insure that these rights aren't valid only on paper.

Source: UN.org http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html

*~Aisling Ireland~* is long time human rights activist, a member of Amnesty International, a One Campaign supporter, writer, and an ordained Spiritual Counselor.

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