Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Essay

1357 Words Apr 25th, 2016 6 Pages
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a declaration that the United Nations agreed upon in 1948. Stated in the UDHR is an extensive list of the most basic human rights. The right to a fair trial, the right to education, and the right to privacy are just a few of the 30 listed. Many societies even consider the basic human rights described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be morally obvious, or as the Declaration of Independence would say, self-evident. In fact, the basis of the UDHR itself is that these rights are fundamental and applicable to every human being. It is founded on the presumption everyone should agree with it and believe it to be true. In short, it stands on the premise that these rights are universal. Which is a consequently idealistic premise rather than a realistic one.
Ideally, human rights would be universal. In an ideal world, everyone would have similar moral beliefs which would reflect our laws. However, this is not our reality. In reality, each nation’s moral beliefs and interpretation of the UDHR differs from the next. Furthermore, each nation prioritizes the rights stated in the UDHR differently. Because of these differences, the interpretive nature of the UDHR becomes the declaration’s ultimate flaw. Such a flaw manifests itself through numerous disputes between nations over interpretations of the UDHR, UDHR violations, and the prioritization of certain rights over others. All of which becomes detrimental to groups of…

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