As a lesson from the devastation and sufferings due to World War II, UDHR was drafted looking beyond the world of war and accepting the right of all individual to live in peaceful environment and, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights brought human rights into the realm of international law (Sriram et al., 2017).
UDHR firmly believes that every human has the right to freedom of speech, belief and their right to live in a peaceful environment. Adoption of UDHR became a common concern for all citizens and became a matter of legitimate international concern that was no more confined as a domestic issue. The Universal Declaration begins by recognizing that ‘the inherent dignity of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world'. It declares that human rights are universal – to be enjoyed by all people, no matter who they are or where they live (Bennett et al., 2015). It is an expression of the fundamental values which are shared by all members of the international community (Donnelly et al., 2017). The 30 articles that comprise UDHR, address a wide range of rights that fall into a few different categories. The first two articles provide a foundation stone or the very base and state that everyone is born free and equal regardless of their identity and nationality. These words are an expression of what it means (or should mean) to be human.
The rest of the articles establish:
• The basic rights of the individual against things like slavery, torture, and disenfranchisement.
• Political rights, such as guaranteeing that everyone has the right to be a citizen of a country.
• Freedom of thought, expression, and religion.
• The right to work and economic security.
• The responsibility people have to create societies where they can exercise their rights.
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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 6- Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law
Article 18- Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion;
Article 22- Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality (Brown et al., 2016).
Article 26- (1) everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance, and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Now, talking of the primary source (Eleanor Roosevelt's Four Basic Rights), it talks about the rights that are essential for people anywhere in the world. Though it does not advocate social equality between colored and white people (which I believe must exist), it points out to right to education, justice, employment and lawmaking which are necessary for the well-being of the individual and to promote democracy in general. It relates to peace on general terms and does not go against the sections of UDHR.
To conclude, UDHR was proclaimed as important document closely linked with peace, a landmark for protecting the rights and dignity of people and beginning of a system. Man’s desire for peace lies behind this Declaration. The document today inspires many countries, individuals and stakeholders to create a better place to live a place where human rights values are respected where peace is an inspiration to all.
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