December 10, marks an incredibly important day in history that is often overlooked or forgotten. On this day, in 1948 Eleanor Roosevelt presented the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to the United Nations General Assembly. And on this day the nations of the world adopted the idea that every person has certain undeniable rights simply because they are human, regardless of their race, nationality, gender, age and so on.
It took two world wars and over ninety million deaths world wide for this idea to be created. There are thirty articles in the declaration stating specifically what each right is.
I feel that the UDHR has not been as successful as say our constitutional rights because the public is not educated on the Human Rights like they are with the constitutional rights. I hope that one day this will be realized and the UDHR will be taught in schools around the world. It is my opinion that the UDHR is not meant just for governments but to also serve as sort of like a guide line to the average person on how to treat those around them. Eleanor Roosevelt put it so beautifully, she said,
“Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, closes to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”
The UDHR has had a huge impact on my life. Although the UDHR is not a law I feel these rights should be protected. In the recent years I have seen countless times where people’s human rights are infringed upon and it pains me to see it happen and to sit here helplessly. That is why I am continuing my education to get a BS in Political Science and hopefully study International Law at the United Nations University of Peace, so I can equip myself with the best tools available to protect our Human Rights.