HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT
~I WAS BORN TO BE FREE, SO SHALL IT BE~
WHAT ARE HUMAN RIGHTS?
Human rights are defined as:
“The basic rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled, often held to include the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law”
Human rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual. Their fundamental assumption is that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity. They are called ‘human rights’ because they are universal. Whereas nations or specialized groups enjoy specific rights that apply only to them, human rights apply to everyone.
The full scope of human rights is very broad and they are suitable for every person, young and adult, male and female, christian and muslim. However not everyone respects these rights, in fact there are many states that still haven’t signed for their proclamation in their terriroty and some that are blocking their accomplishment.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
WE ARE ALL FREE AND EQUAL IN DIGNITY
When we say that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity we mean that we are all the same and we all have the same rights according to every little detail in life. It means that every human being has the right to have the same opportunity in life, for example: in getting a job, education, or attaining resources necessary for life and that no one should prevent us from reaching our goals neither should anyone deprive us of our freedom and equality. If men were like ants, there would be no interest in human freedom. Ants are uniform, without a specific personality and they spend their days collaborating with each other to survive. If we were like ants, there would be no need to distinguish ourselves according to our sex, colour, language, religion, social origin and so on; but in the world we live in it is very difficult not to look at these aspects. Nowadays society has divided the world in classes in which the higher ones get all the benefits while very few people really mind the poor or lower classes. This attitude has been there for a while since the early ages. For ages people have been up to abusing the less fortunate for their benefits, this is a tactic that has lead the now huge powers (ie: United States) to be the economic giants they are now and that made the 3rd world countries what they are now. There is no way to make everything just for everyone because the moment everything is equal for everyone someone wants more and doesn't care whom they hurt.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN VIOLATIONS OF THESE TWO HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE WORLD?
1. This article treats an idea in the work of Alain Locke - a writer, philosopher, and race equality advocate - the idea that identity and oppression are related to each other. That the pathway to emancipation is through re-imagining our identity.
2. Top 10 Most Racist Countries in the World. Racism is an extreme form of xenophobia. Contrary to the popular belief race is not just restricted on geographical difference and describing the genetically different human phenotype, though it was a 19th century definition of race of which Africans had to face the worst . In 21st century race has come to encompass the vast differences on the ground of language, ethnicity, culture, history, religion and societal affiliation.
3. International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. "Although the world has gradually accepted that individual human beings have different sexes, racial or ethnic origins and religions, and that these differences must be respected and not be used as reasons for discrimination, many still do not accept other aspects of human diversity: that people have different sexual orientations and different gender identities."
4. The importance of birth registration. The most unrecognised group, the invisible people, are those who have no documents as proof of identity. They are the most exploited in terms of cheap labour, homelessness and are denied access to health education and scoial services. A person’s identity is acknowledged from birth. Birth registration establishes a name, a nationality and it also gives access to basic civil and social rights such as health, education and social security. Identity is the key to people being treated with dignity and respect.
5. 8 countries that severely violate religious freedom rights within their borders. These countries not only suppress religious expression, they systematically torture and detain people who cross political and social red lines around faith.
BEAUTY IS GIVEN BY OUR DIFFERENCES
This is a photograph by Pierpaolo Mittica, an Italian humanist photographer that uses photography to make people aware of the problems and difficulties that many populations are facing in different parts of the world. It represents humanity in all its differences and it is a clear example of the statement "beauty is given by our differences" because without our details and peculiarities we wouldn't be considered unique and special.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
- start a hands-on approach to help under-developed countries to have a fresh, debt-less, economically stable, and comercially developed start to help them make a great nation out of themselves.
- make sure that everyone/ big amount of people get to know the existence of the universal declaration of human rights so that they are aware of what is right and what is not
- dont stand still and watch when we see inappropriate use of the law and violation of the human rights but do something usefull to avoid them
- teach children how to behave and the importance of each and everyone of us, that despite our differences we are all human beings and worthy of respect and dignity
THE NEW "HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM" IN CANADA
“Some say that sexual orientation and gender identity are sensitive issues. I understand. Like many of my generation, I did not grow up talking about these issues. But I learned to speak out because lives are at stake, and because it is our duty under the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to protect the rights of everyone, everywhere.” — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Human Rights Council, 7 March 2012
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Equality by Ale P.
We may be black or white
However we are humans, and that’s why we shine
So why are we fighting against each other?
Equality is an incredible thing
It gives us peace, hope and togetherness
You are still my friend
If you choose to take my hand
We are all born free,
So shall it be!
They say... by Les
They say we are one
But there are wars everywhere
They say we are equal
But racism is all over the place
They say we have freedom of speech
But the media changes what we said earlier on
They say we have the right to education
But they keep us as slaves
They also say we can live together as a big family
But we are all torn apart
They say men and women are the same
But people don’t want to hear that,
They prefer men being in charge and in control of women
Is this equality?
Is this the world we are living in?
There is only one earth
We are unique beings
Everyone is special in their own way
We are equal, we have the same rights and dignity
Isn’t that right?
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