The Rights of a Human Being: Photo Essay

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The Rights of a Human Being: Photo Essay
Vishesh Thanki
Ms. Ritichie
November 23, 2010

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states clearly that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” (Universal Declaration of Human Rights). However this is not always regulated around the world. There is a small disparity in terms of people who know about their rights and those people who are able to practice those rights in said nations. However, there are usually three major issues such as: cultural beliefs, conflict zones and government mediation which violate the rights of a single or multiple human being(s) and should be enforced against by nations who are part of The United Nations.


This planet is a culturally diverse. Beliefs are part of humanity and every person holds something dear to him/her, however there is a limit as to what can be considered “humanely right”. There are many cultures which dispute with the Charter of Rights set by the United Nations. As we move towards a single globalized nation, it can be hard for the rights to respect and take into account every single culture/heritage, and some individual communities feel that it should be cultures which should change rather than the Rights themselves. For example, a young boy’s “passage to manhood is literally incised on their face” (A Shaky Peace) with cuts to their face in southern Sudan, while article 5 clearly states that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” (Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

Areas with war and instability are often seen...
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