Human Rights Day

Monday December 6, 2021


Written by Gemina


“Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status...”


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What do human rights actually mean? Human rights are the basics of basic rights and freedoms that every person in the world is entitled to from birth to death. Upon reading the articles in the UDHR (30 articles in total), I can honestly say that, there’s been and currently are a lot of “human rights” not being honored around the world. For example, Article 16, the right to marry and to found a family. This article states, “men and women have the right to marry…2” This stipulation, to me, means both sexes have an equal right to marry, and not that they must marry someone of the opposite sex. Although all governments form all around the world have access to and contributed to this document back in 1948, most countries still choose to only recognize heterosexual marriages.


Now, Article 24 is the one I will be presenting to my supervisor if she denies my request for leave. Article 24 states, “Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.”


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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is something I think everyone should at least glance over. It’s very interesting to see the rights that are listed and compare to the many injustices being committed by the world’s leaders and governments.


Fun Facts:

  1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the world’s most translated document (over 500 languages)

  2. This document was driven by the desire of world leaders to prevent another Holocaust (slavery didn’t present a good enough reason, but I digress)

  3. In 2018, the US was ranked #1 for extreme human rights violations


References:

  1. https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day