Essay on The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

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The publication of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 signified an opportunity to prosper for the nations involved. Thomas Jefferson articulated the relationship between the government and its people as one that should “care [for] human life and happiness, and not their destruction, for it is the first and only object of a good government” (“Thomas Jefferson”). All human beings, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, or any other discriminatory category are equally entitled to human rights. Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest serving first lady, initiated the adoption of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and ensured these rights would be honored by the United States. Although the United States ratified this policy in 1948, a myriad of prior human rights activists and documents existed that contributed to the official scripting of the UDHR.
In ancient civilizations, human rights were nonexistent and viewed as absurd by the governments of that time. The commencement of human rights can be traced back to the acclaimed Cyrus the Great. After conquering Babylon, he announced emancipation and that everyone had the right to choose their religion. Cyrus’ words of wisdom were then documented by the people onto a clay cylinder known as the Cyrus Cylinder. The inscription on the cylinder was written in cuneiform, which was not translatable until the nineteenth century. Consequently, society could not accredit Cyrus the Great for human rights until…

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