Do We Even Need Human Rights Anymore?

Saul Bowman
December 11, 2017

"The United States, while offering a series of human rights protections, still has a lot of work to do in order to remedy all abuses in the country and overseas", says Fait Muedini, an associate professor of International Studies at Butler University. We have to uphold the rights which protect us and promote the kinship of all human beings.

The UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) was adopted almost seventy years ago - two generations ago as a common standard of achievement for all nations, governments and peoples. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages. Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary global law, general principles and other sources of worldwide law.

Human rights - an issue that has bubbled through some of the most contentious battlegrounds in 2017 - took center stage Sunday to salute individual freedoms across the globe. "Sadly, governments like those of Vietnam and Cambodia, nations with deep ties to my district, continue to remain some of the worst offenders in their blatant refusal to respect the rights their own citizens are entitled to".

A bipartisan companion resolution was also introduced in the Senate Thursday by Senator Chris Coons of DE and Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina and cosponsored by 15 Senate colleagues.

Less than a month ago, the United Nations' Third Committee, which oversees humanitarian issues, adopted a resolution calling for stepped-up efforts to improve human rights conditions in North Korea.

On December 10, 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, its thirty articles enshrining basic and fundamental rights guaranteeing dignity of the human person and equality for all, regardless of race, color, creed or gender.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was a shout across the world by the leading countries in the world, stating loud and clear that no matter where we live, what we believe, or how we love, we are each individually deserving of the most basic fundaments of human needs. The NHRC, like most of the human rights institutions in the world, is a recommendatory body as per the Protection of Human Rights Act passed by Parliament.

Against a backdrop of police-involved shootings, sexual harassment cases, immigrant arrests, threats to LGBT gains and a surge in hate crimes since the 2016 US presidential election, a heated debate rages over individual rights in the United States. Being in poverty means deprival of human rights. We can plan activities and events to strengthening the movement for ensuring human rights for all. Exercising this right significantly allows each of us to have our say every five years, on who governs us.

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