These days violence, intolerance, racism, discrimination seems to increase again. More and more people need to flee their homes and/or their countries, in the hope to find safety and peace elsewhere on our world. When even leaders have forgotten our Universal Human Rights, I feel it’s time and very important to remind us all again of our Universal Human Rights.
“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at its 3rd session on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. The full text is available on the United Nations website.
The Declaration consists of thirty articles affirming an individual’s rights which, although not legally binding in themselves, have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, economic transfers, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions, and other laws. The International Bill of Human Rights consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols. In 1966, the General Assembly adopted the two detailed Covenants, which complete the International Bill of Human Rights.” Source: Wikipedia
“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.” Source: United Nations
At my website you will find a permalink to a list of the 30 basic Human Rights: regardless where you were born, how you are raised, your circumstances, etc., as a human being you automatically have these basic rights. I added this link to make sure all the Beautiful Souls who visit my site, will be reminded of the rights we have.
In this series, I will select some of those important rights and add my personal view. I would like to encourage you to look up our Human Rights, not to take these for granted or to misuse, but as a reminder we are all Human beings, Beautiful Souls and therefore we all matter.
In addition, I hope to inspire the writers and artists among us to also use this topic for an article, story, poem, photograph, paint or any other piece of art and help me and many Human Rights Organizations to spread this information of huge importance.
Article 19 ~ Freedom of Opinion and Information
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression;
this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and
to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media
and regardless of frontiers.”
My personal view:
What I love the most about the Internet and Social Media is the opportunity this has given us to connect with each other more easily. Communicate with, reach out to, support, acknowledge one and another. In addition, we can share information, gain and thus broaden our knowledge, express thoughts, beliefs and opinions.
Our world has in a way decreased by the digital highway; within seconds I can talk to someone at the other side of the globe. Nowadays, we have options like WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and if you like to write, it is very easy to express your opinion. As a reader, you can respond, share what your thoughts are on a topic. A terrific way to learn from your neighbors’ point of view.
We all matter, we all have the right to
Freedom of Opinion and Expression.
Somehow, however, I feel people forgot to stay decent, to treat each other with the respect we all deserve. I struggle myself regularly with writing a message in such way, I don’t impose my point of view and/or suggest my truth is the only truth. It may take a bit more time to share whatever I want to share, however, to me important enough and take that extra time.
Over the last years, I noticed an increase of articles in which an author writes something similar to this: “ I am who I am, it is my opinion, my blog and therefore, I write as I please”. If I would review my earlier articles, most likely I’ve written similar phrases too. According to the 19th Universal Human Right, well, you have every right to do so. My question is:
Is it really necessary to come across so offensive?
Your truth doesn’t have to me mine (and vice versa), there are more ways to solve a problem, Rome wasn’t built in one day. Yes, ignorance, unfairness, and especially senseless violence are triggers for me too, to explode. That doesn’t give me (or you) the right to be rude, to be respect-less. Right?
When you feel the need to curse rising, take a deep breath and agree to disagree.
There are 30 Universal Human Rights documented, which apply to each and every one of us. Regardless our race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. We are all born naked and even if you have in your eyes indisputable prove of your opinion, don’t disregard your neighbors point of view without taking his/her feelings into consideration.
There might be a perfectly sensible reason, why a person writes what he/she writes or responds the way he/she does. Especially at this magnificent invention as the Internet, choose your words carefully, because words do hurt more than sticks and stones.
This is the last article I created for my Universal Human Rights series in the hope you all, my dear neighbors, inform yourself (it is your right!) and others, educate yourself, reach out and connect with each other. Act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood, as written in Article 1 ~ Right to Equality.
Be kind to your neighbors, is all I am asking for. Well…and be respectful and decent too 😉
Originally published Sep 2017. Updated and re-published July 2019.
Human Rights Library, University of Minnesota: http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/
United Nations: http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html