Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, 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.” Article 2 from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. December 10th, 2015 marked the 67th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. December 10th, 2015 also marks the arrival of the first group of minors accepted under the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program which started December 1, 2014.  These children ages 17,15, and 14 reunited with their parents after almost 15 years of being separated.  Like the case of one family fleeing from violence in their home country of El Salvador.  As stated in article 14 of the Declaration “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution” and this family was able to successfully apply that.

Cases such as this one remind us that there is hope and now nearly 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights we are reminded that we are ones responsible for upholding and fighting for those rights.  The document of the Universal Declaration of Human rights Contains 30 articles that lay out the fundamental human rights to be protected.  The document was drafted as a result of World War II by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world. It was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948.  In this document it is upheld that all human beings have inherent dignity and inalienable rights for freedom, justice, and peace in the world.

There are a number of different events across the valley and around the world in honor of the International Human Rights Day, however, I can’t help to think about all the people whose rights that are being violated everyday of the year in every country in the world. We must find inherent value in life, in human life, and in understanding each others’ different journeys and histories so that one day we may put the human right declaration into practice.

“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.”- Article 1 Universal Declaration of Human Rights


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