Response Paper Two: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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The main purpose of the thirty articles from “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, created on December 10, 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly, is to promote a deep respect to the human rights and fundamental freedoms of each individual, belonging to whatever “race, color, sex, language, religion…” (UDHR, Article 2) or any other status, and create a universal guaranty that it will enhance the recognition of these human rights and freedoms; it represented “the hope for a new future” (More, n.d.). This statement in all is very comforting to the society, but how fully, if at all, is this declaration being accomplished and enforced?

Human rights are about human dignity and the fact that no one can take this dignity away or humiliate another human being. The declaration is based on the idea that people possess human “rights to life, liberty, security of person” (UDHR, Article 3), and according to the declaration’s preamble, the recognition of personal dignity and the inalienable rights to be treated equally is the necessary foundation to maintain the freedom and justice of the world. This is, however, opposing to the unethical behaviors displayed from the same member states of the United Nations, which due to their political differences, lead to destructive events between their societies like wars or terrorist attacks. A good example of this could be the confrontation between the counties of USA and Iraq, which led to the horrific attacks of the New York twin towers on September 11, 2011. Moreover, it gives humans “the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law” (UDHR, Article 6) and other rights because they are human beings in the first place, and not just citizens of a particular country. I think that this is the basis of the universality of the declaration, because it was written for each and every human being in the world. In continuation, in articles four and five, the declaration also proclaims the prohibition of...
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