Universal Human Rights

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Street LawName: Debra Clark

Looking at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The UN crafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. All member nations agree to acknowledge the Declaration, but it is not a binding treaty. Use the text of the Declaration (found in the pamphlet What Are Human Rights?, the appendix in your Street Law textbook pg. 604, or the web source below) to answer questions 1 through 5 below. http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

Also, follow the link below to find short promotional videos about each of the rights in the Universal Declaration. http://www.humanrights.com/what-are-human-rights/universal-declaration-of-human-rights.html After watching several, choose one video clip that you feel is particularly effective both educationally and visually. Explain why you chose this video:

1. Choose five of the rights from the Universal Declaration that you feel are particularly important. List and briefly explain why you feel each one to be so critical. The Right to Life- We shouldn’t have the power to decide who lives and dies when we are anatomically equal. Freedom of Thought- We should be able to speak our thoughts and give insight where we feel it is needed. Freedom of Expression- We should be able to freely express ourselves because it’s a natural instinct. No Slavery- Slavery is absolutely wrong, and one’s background or level on the social hierarchy should not determine whether they are free or enslaved. We are All Born Free and Equal- Everyone deserves a chance to be something better and greater with no one saying they can’t because they are less of a being than themself or others.

2. Find at least one right in the Universal Declaration that you think should not be included, and explain why you feel this way. (If you think they all should be included, pick one that you feel to be less important than those you listed above.)

Article 24: I think that rest and leisure with paid vacation...
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