Wednesday, July 5, 2023

What Are Human Rights?


According to the United Nations-


"Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. 


Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more.  


Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination."



Universal Declaration of Human Rights-*partial listing (Article 1-5)



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.


Article 3


Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of a person.


Article 4


No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.


Article 5


No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.




*Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A).


Partial Preamble-


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 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,


Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,


Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,


Now, therefore,


The General Assembly,


Proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, 


to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education 


to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, 


to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction. 



  "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see the Lord."                                - Matthew 5:8  Without a pure heart...