History of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is nearly 70 years old. The idea behind it, however, is much older. But what has mankind made of these high ideals? Have the 30(thirty) articles of the charter been implemented?
With Resolution 217 A-(III) the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a foundational document for all peoples and all nations on 10 December 1948—a day which is now observed annually as Human Rights Day. The first two articles of the Declaration set out rights and responsibilities that should apply to all human beings: “(1) 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. (2) 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.” Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security, and the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. There are a total of 30 Articles with carefully chosen wording to reflect the serious nature of the content.