The Effectiveness Of The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

When the United nations (UN) was written the world was reeling from one of the most horrific wars and acts in all of human history. There was almost an unspoken world consensus that what had happened should not be repeated, so the UN was created to attempt to maintain peace and humanity within the world. The crowning jewel of course being the Universal Declaration of Humans Rights, however, it causes some debate. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights state that human beings are born with “equal and inalienable rights”, which seems to most to be common sense and a rather important realization, but as past and present has shown us, the strength and enforcement, or lack thereof, has called into the question the effectiveness of said document. …show more content…
Humans rights are supposed to so basic and instinctual as to question why we even need such a document, however, as humans we are sometimes in need a reminder of what humanity is supposed to be about. In general, the articles say people have the right to be in control of almost every aspect of their life from property to government to education. These rights give people the reigns of their own lives to an extent. Citizens can take part in their government rather than have to follow the whims of a leader. They can be educated and think freely for themselves, freedom of thought is also guaranteed, and with this education they can more easily become involved with the global society. The limitations to this of course is quality of education as there is no standard within the document set for this education, so while they may be attending school, the students may not be learning. So the quality is then up to the government which citizens are supposed to be able to take part in, but people can still be intimidated or loopholes such as tests and other procedures like the ones used heavily against freed blackmen in the southern United States following the Civil War. Now because of this lack of quality education, the students cannot get higher level jobs because they did not receive the same education as someone else and are ignorant to their politics and vote on things they do not understand, and vote for further destructive policies. It becomes an endless cycle of oppression and degradation. This is mostly true in developing and more traditional countries who are not democratically-oriented and have remnants of aristocracy and hierarchy. Not to say that this does not happen in developing countries as not all U.S. are equal in

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