Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… In fact, to transplant the ideals of western society onto non-western states commits a blunder rooted in intellectual arrogance (Chowdhury, 2013). Numerous human rights declarations, treaties and conventions were drafted under the guidance of the United Nations. One of the most vital declarations adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1948 is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Musalo, 2014). The declaration’s foreword states that it is to serve “as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations” (Musalo, 2014), and was intended to be universally applied. The declaration is often described as a progression of bills, statutes and revolutions in the political history of Europe and North America, and sets forth the freedoms that the ‘international’ community committed to respecting (IRIN & Analysis, 2006). The thirty articles of the declaration is set out in three parts, civil and political; social and economic; and culture (Heuer & Schirmer, 1998). However, “the US vigorously rejects the last two sections” (Quoted by Chomsky; IRIN, 2006). Regardless, the rights conceived in the west attribute the fundamental social unit of the individual, a notion generally alien to the communitarian values of the global south (Chowdhury, 2013). These rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other documents …show more content…
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