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INTERNATIONAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Obviously, there is a disconnect between the declaration of, and the
adhesion to, this most important of documents.
I'm trying now to imagine a world looking back into history at a time when discussion about human rights were commonplace. Where practically the entire land surface of the planet, plus so many miles into the oceans, belonged to the territory of some government. And the movements and rights of individuals were tied to whether or not those governments could claim you as a citizen before assuring you of those movements and rights.
I'd like to believe the future will be more sensible. That anyone can live wherever in the world they desired as long as they agreed to obey the laws of that place. That the full rights described by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights would be accorded without question, and not limited to those who were citizens of that place.
Perhaps this world would look at the concept of citizenship as just another exclusionary rule of suppression. I wonder what the people of the future will think of us and our rules on citizenship? My guess is that we will be perceived the same way people of today perceive slave owners in Virginia in 1861.
Image: Japanese Latino family being moved into an internment camp
A very important document.
We need to send people with this message to educate the children, and beyond, in countries like Afghanistan. Maybe the peace will last and the cost will have been worth it?
From the page: "Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, "
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woman does not appear once in this declaration thus is there no distinction btw man and woman?