Thursday, June 02, 2005

On human rights, Part II

Okay, so we continue our look at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the first two articles.
Article 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.

Article 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. 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.

But what does this mean for me?

These articles establish that all human beings are equal from birth, that regardless of our differences we all share the same basic rights. It means that people who worship God and people who worship many gods and people who worship shrimp are equally valuable as human beings. It means that Democrats and Republicans and Libertarians are equally valuable as human beings. it means that native Americans and Native Americans and Mexican immigrants are equally valuable as human beings. And it also means that no matter where you are, whether you're living or visiting or squatting, the government of that state has to respect your basic rights as a valuable human being.

Just answer the question already.

It means that we can't disregard the rights of the brown folk just 'cause they're brown, and similarly they can't disregard our rights just 'cause we aren't.

Part I: The Preamble

No comments: