I picked up a pocket guide to The Charter which speaks about Human Dignity, Equality and Freedom. It was promoting the state government where I live in Victoria, Australia Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities 2006. There are 27 sections of the charter covering from freedom of expression to cultural rights.
The title of this blog is a slogan I created about two and a half years ago to explain the ethos of Interculturalism where the rights of all human beings are respected. I also created an Interculturalism Facebook group for people to express examples that they came across , here’s the link : Interculturalism if you wish to join us.
Human rights are a subject that a lot of well known people have spoken on and I had many to choose my 15 examples from, lets begin our journey.
1. Unfortunately where I live in Australia we have been doing this for several years by detaining people in concentration camp conditions on off shore facilities. The fact that some staff refer to people by their boat number and not their name speaks very loudly that human rights do not exist in these facilities.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. – Abraham Lincoln, the last independent nominee elected as the president of the United States. Unfortunately some countries seem to have forgotten this.
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3. A member of the German Greens party Volker Beck is an outspoken supporter of gay rights and recompense for families persecuted by the Nazi’s. In 2006, Beck sponsored an anti-discrimination act in civil law and at the workplace, outlawing discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, sex, sexual identity, religion, age, and disability.
4. Anyone can be a champion of human rights, politicians, TV personalities, You.
5. The youngest Nobel Prize winner Malala is afraid of no one in her quest for equal rights, especially through the right to education. Peter Tosh sang a great song about this in the 70’s : Equal Rights and Justice.
6. Gandhi freed a nation from the oppression of the British Empirical rule but never gave up his belief that humankind was fundamentally good, dirty drops do not spoil the masses of great human beings out there.
7. I have the entire speech made by Martin Luther King, now so do you : I have a dream. Listen to this when you need to be inspired.
8. Sometimes I think it’s sad that we need to have a day to remind us of this. I look forward to the day it is no longer required.
9. Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, and in the post-war era was an active participant in the struggle for women’s suffrage. This song demonstrates what Harriet did beautifully : I’ll Fly Away.
10. Remember that curiosity and joy that babies have, everything is a gift in life. Why do we train them to forget this? Love is all you need and underlies all emotions.
11. What if everybody was Perfect. Pink thinks so: Perfect.
12. If you know another you can not really hate.
13. As Homer would say Doh!! YMCA.
14. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of what many people believe to be the rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. The full text is published by the United Nations on its website.
15. This is a struggle worth getting up for. As the Warriors of Love the Beatles sang back in the day: All you need is love. And as Arudhati Roy stated: Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
They are the rights of all people on our beloved planet, we have just forgotten and became focused on other crazy things such as war, profit and other such hedonistic pastimes. Lets give it up for Lent or Ramadan.
Namaste until next time my dear friends.
I wholeheartedly agree with the quote you have included from Ghandi, ‘you must not lose faith in humanity’. It is the nature of mass media that we pretty much only hear the bad news. We mustn’t forget the millions of people who are loving and caring and longing for a peaceful outcome. I really like the quote from Aradhati Roy – another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.’ Beautiful.