Essay on What are Human Rights?

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What are human rights? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights mark the first effort made to define the rights of people on a global scale. Now the declaration represents action that was taken by people across the globe who wished what happened in Nazi-Germany, never happen again. However, when the genocide in Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Kosovo, and East Timor surfaced officials were hesitant to intervene; this resulted in many casualties and lives lost.
It is under the notion that Human Rights are equal, as they are natural and universal, that all human rights should hold an equal amount of urgency. Although many are unaware of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the document has shaped the world. Many individuals are still fighting
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Among these committees, the meetings per year do not exceed 3 weeks; with 107 being the highest number of parties to treaties. Although all human rights are equal, not all human rights receive the same amount of urgency. Those rights in which there are major publicity of issues will have more discussion time than rights that are hushed away until further notice. Due to this, the amount of human rights being violated in certain areas can remain active for a long period of time with no action until events begin to unfold on a global scale. Countries such as India and China are receiving attention for the gendercide in their nation; however, action taken to prevent this has been miniscule to almost none. Due to the connection China and India have with major countries intervention has been shunned and pushed away; countries are more interested in reaping the benefits than facing their responsibilities on a human rights level. Nonetheless, the council of Human Rights rely on self-reporting systems in which much can be obscured and most of these reports are done sloppily at the last minute. If the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is to set a standard of rights each person should have, then as a council care and action should be taken for each violation equally; although this would be taxing and would risk not placing entire attention on a crisis

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