Human Rights

Topics: Slavery, Human rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Pages: 4 (1173 words) Published: May 26, 2013
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The Reality of Human Rights
Dana Brown
LIB 320
Prof. Keever
January 31, 2011

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Human rights issues have been around since the biblical era and yet 6,000 years later we, as people of the world, are having the same issues. If 6,000 years did not make much of a difference I personally do not think anything can and will. The respect for a human and the value of life will have to change drastically before human rights will even start to improve. We are in a time in wish humans are really questioning themselves and others around them. If people do not think they can change themselves how do they expect human rights too. Luckily, we as Americans do not have to worry about a lot of the things people around the world do but I do feel like we take things for granted. Freedom is such a luxury and I feel not many people view it that way. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes thirty different articles that not all countries abide by.

Article number Four of the Universal Declaration of Human rights is “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms” (Viotti & Kauppi, 2009). Slavery was in effect in the biblical era all the way until today. In the biblical era slavery was used but not looked down upon. In Exodus 21 verses 1 through 11, God speaks of the rules of slavery.

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“Then God said to Moses, ‘These are the laws for living that you will give to the Israelites: If you buy a Hebrew slave, he will serve you for six years. In the seventh year you are to set him free and he will have to pay nothing” (NCV, 2002). These rules did not go beyond this era. Even though God allowed slaves I do not think he allowed them to be treated as they did have this time and now as well. I do not think he could have even fathomed how people would later be treated. Luckily in the United States President Lincoln outlawed slavery during his...
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