Previously in this series regarding the Universal Human Rights, I did select some of those important rights and added my personal view. This year (2021), I am going through all the 30 basic rights. 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.
Universal Human Rights - Do you know them?
Violence, intolerance, racism, discrimination seems to be part of a never ending story. More and more people need to flee their homes and/or their countries, in the hope to find safety and peace elsewhere in our world. When even world leaders appear to have forgotten our Universal Human Rights, I believe it’s time (again) and very important to remind us all 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
At my website you will find a permalink to a list of the 30 Universal 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.
This year (2021), I am going through all the 30 basic 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 6 - Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law
"Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law."
My personal view
This article is written to protect individuals who are not nationals of the country they live. As a Dutch woman living in Germany for several years, I never questioned this. I automatically believed, I am protected by the German laws, the same way my German neighbors are. Being also a citizen of Europe, I am pretty sure I have this sixth Universal Human Right. Unfortunately, this is not the case all over our globe.
On the research site of the UN, I read that there are over 250 million international migrants worldwide. This number dates from 2017, so most likely there will be many more today. At the site of the UNHCR this is written: “Despite the global pandemic, the number of people fleeing wars, violence, persecution and human-rights violations reached a new high by the end of 2020.”
Fortunately, I am not a refugee and together with my husband I was able to make the decision to migrate without a the fear of harm and even with the knowledge, we would benefit from the move. Like I mentioned in the previous post about the Universal Human Rights, the way many refugees are treated nowadays is not the way we should treat our worldwide neighbors.
To me, it is already outrages people feel the need to migrate, to flee their home countries due to violence, war, persecution and human-rights violations and thus not by free choice, like I was able to do. How sad and also horrendous it is, you have to make the difficult choice (often within seconds due to sudden increasing dangers) to leave everything behind, have to take a difficult journey to a safer place and then subsequently be treated inhuman. AGAIN !
I will never stop believing there are more Beautiful Souls on our globe as sickos. At the same time, I worry about the level of indifference these days. Is it really that hard to acknowledge we still need to step up? Not only our world leaders, also you and me. Let us keep Connecting together. Meaningful, with compassion and kindness in our hearts.
Because your neighbor next door might have a unique story to share and could need a shoulder to lean on.
Human Rights Library: https://research.un.org/udhr70/6-11 (in more languages available)
United Nations: https://www.un.org/en/about-us/universal-declaration-of-human-rights
UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency
Download the UHR campaign logos: HERE
Missed the first post in this series? Find it HERE