The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Essay

734 Words Sep 7th, 2016 3 Pages
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) had 50 Member States participating in the final drafting. When ratified in 1948, all but eight of the nations agreed upon it, even with the eight nations abstaining from the agreement, there were no dissents (United Nations, 2016). Every article within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is significant. However, an article that is very important to me personally, is article five.
Article five clearly states that nobody has a right to hurt or torture us. I feel this is important to me because it is a right that is often times not followed. Since 1948 we have witnessed several armed conflicts, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm and many others, all of which went against article five as all resulted in the deaths of thousands. Torture has been a basis of great dispute; especially in regards to the United States with such facilities as Guantanamo Bay where 61 detainees still reside. It is at Guantanamo where the United States has gone about torturing suspected terrorist; such ways of torture include waterboarding (Board, 2016). Knowing that nations such as the United States, who agreed to the UDHR, go against its basic rights, is disgruntling. To not be tortured or treated inhumanly is a human right, to me, there is no sovereignty from such a document when the very countries who signed on and agreed to its enactment, refute it at the same time. To me, choosing article five was important because even as a child, I…

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