The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

The previous quote is taken from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Post World War II and the Cold War forced people to question the freedoms and justice amongst humanity. Human Rights were spoken about not just on a national level but an international level. There would probably have been much more of a struggle for the later movements such as the Civil Rights movement and the second wave of the feminism if this declaration was not created, changing the entire course of the future. The Universal Declaration of Human rights gave people all over the world a larger sense of unity because it created principals that everyone could look to, instead of principals that they could disagree on. For the first time, individuals were held accountable for their crimes within the international community rather than their own country. I think that this would have given people all over the world a larger sense of security and instead of nation against nation, it was now humanity against inhumanity. Our lives today would be different because there would probably be a larger sense of separation between people, cultures and societies. I believe this would lead to a disregard and disrespect towards other religions, cultures and governments that were different to our own.

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