Did You Say “Human Right”?

Danice, HR ArticleBy Danice, December 2014 – in his second year of college in the U.S. as a Le Flambeau Foundation Scholar, youth leader.  

Man, let’s keep it real. While I am honoring the souls of those who petitioned for a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there are multiple events that come in mind as a post-modernist citizen.

Mankind is not actually living what was agreed upon. Most of us and our institutions are mocking the efforts of those who fought to prove that human beings deserve the rights to exist and to live.

Sixty six years have gone by since a group of men and women believed that peace was necessary to be reigned over the world to prevent a third world war. Sixty six years have gone by since it was written that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” as quoted the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Say what? The idea was strong, the words were well stated, mankind rejoiced!  Then what? Sixty six years after, things have changed. It seems like not every “human” is born to have a “right of freedom, of equality”, and endowed of brotherhood.

In 2014, the goal of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is still not achieved; until religious affiliates are still convinced of their ability to preach threats and violence against a group of alive human beings whose lives are quoted against their beliefs; until those underrepresented families in the United States of America are still seeing the murderers of their sons running the streets free of any indictments; until, somewhere in the world, an innocent kid is still being made homeless by parents because of sexual orientation, until race is still considered as an inner privilege (sigh!) etc… May nobody be a threat to anyone else’s existence!

To read more statements in honor of Human Rights Day (click here)

To read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights click (in English) (French) (in Kreyol).