Did You Know Today Is Human Rights Day?

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 photo: courtesy of the UN

There’s just not as much hoopla around Human Rights Day as there is around, say, Black Friday. Even though one could argue that human rights are more in the spirit of the Holiday Season than standing in line outside Target all night to fight your fellow man for a good bargain at the crack of dawn. But I’m not here to argue! I’m here to give you a virtual hug, and hope that you are not being oppressed.

Today is the 64th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, enacted this day, December 10th, by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Article One states: 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.

There are 30 Articles in all, and it’s an inspirational read: freedom of expression, of religion, of assembly. Much like our own Bill of Rights. With this one exception that I must reproduce here given our current Congress, and what the leaders would like to do to the rest of us.

Article 25:

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  • (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Can I hear a “Right on!”

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