Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Topics: Human rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United States Declaration of Independence Pages: 3 (1161 words) Published: April 8, 2013
Toni Grusser
Political Science
Extra Credit Paper
Due Dec. 12, 2012
My response to the question, “Should all nations have to respect this document when we know that there are times that the United States of America does not?,” is pretty ambiguous. Though I initially I had that every nation should indeed follow this declaration, doubts and reason why they should not have to come in mind as well. First, I question what nation’s idea was it to create this declaration and did all nations on this planet agree to the amendments and rules put into it. I also ask if all nations swore to follow it. Because like the question says, the United States does not follow this document, which means that the United States does not respect; and I can think of other nations and peoples who do not follow the declaration as well, right off the top of my head. If the answer to those questions id yes, then I do believe that every nation, including the United States should have to follow it. However, that does not seem to be the case. So therefore, I do not think that any nation should scrutinize or punish another nation for not following the document if that nation does not as well. Furthermore, I think that if all, or most nations, do not follow the Universal Declaration of Human Rights then it was a pretty big waste of time and energy making it and since not respected it should become null and void, and just another piece of failed history.

First I am going to write about the Declaration in general; it’s history and what it consists of. The declaration was created and adopted in 1948. It arouse from the Second World War where people of the Jewish community were subject to very intense and tragic discrimination. The United Nations General Assembly had created it. The declaration includes thirty articles that are supposed to protect and identify the rights and liberties of each and every human life on this planet. On December 10, 1948 the Universal Declaration had been voted...
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