21 June 2007

Save the United States: UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) a common standard of achievement for all people and all nations.

In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations has stated in clear and simple terms the rights that belong equally to every person. These rights belong to you. Familiarize yourself with them. Help to promote and defend them.
Is it just me or is the US itself in violation of all the items that I have highlighted in bold; granted not many countries abide by the Declaration. But we have gone backwards on the Declaration, not to mention our Constitution, with respect to which the Bush Administration acts like the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland: "The Constitution means what we want it to mean."

Right to equality.
Freedom from discrimination.
Right to life, liberty, personal security.
Freedom from slavery.
Freedom from torture and degrading treatment.
Right to recognition as a person before the law.
Right to equality before the law.
Right to remedy by competent tribunal.
Freedom from arbitrary arrest or exile.
Right to a fair public hearing.
Right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.
Freedom from interference with privacy, family, home and correspondence.
Right to free movement in and out of any country.
Right to asylum in other countries from persecution.
Right to a nationality and freedom to change it.
Right to marriage and family.
Right to own property.
Freedom of belief and religion.
Freedom of opinion and information.
Right of peaceful assembly and association.
Right to participate in government and in free elections.
Right to social security.
Right to desirable work and to join trade unions.
Right to rest and leisure.
Right to adequate living standards.
Right to education.
Right to participate in cultural life and community.
Right to social order assuring human rights.
Community duties essential to free and full development.
Freedom from state and personal interference in the above rights.

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