HUMAN RIGHTS(1) - The 60th Anniversary of the Universal...

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The 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Have International Human Rights Really Changed Over the Last 60 Years? Carola Kury Umpierre Prof. Rossana Ungaro International Law April 21 st , 2009
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It all began in the year 1948 when the world realized that humans are meant to be treated with respect and dignity. When the violence and gore was forming dark shadows over the world, there was no respect left for human life, when there was bloodshed everywhere, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’. 1 It was then when people had a hope of looking towards a promising future. It was then when the basic right of life and rights of being free and being considered equal in dignity were given to humans. At that time the basic importance was given to the right of freedom from torture and inhuman treatment. It was to save humanity from further bloodshed as the aim was to put an end to the brutalities and sufferings. Since 1948, the whole world has gone through many changes. Every decade called for a different set up, a different view, a different way of life, and a different set of rights and obligations. Many policies were changed, many new rules were set, and many different steps were taken in order to give the deserving status to human beings. Sixty years after December 10 th , 1948 poverty, hunger, terrorism, violation of human rights have changed the mind set ups and demands of people calling for new rights and privileges. The challenge to peruse equality and justice is still running, meaningful conquests and steps forward having been marking the last sixty years. Every year a universal declaration of human rights is passed, new and old conflicts affecting it, in the hope of achieving the world peace and human pride having moral and legal force. Many short term and long term policies have been taken to defeat the enemies of human dignity and achieve peace and justice. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt. Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Little Books of Wisdom.
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The major change in the human rights over the last sixty years can be attributed to globalization. The global movement of citizens towards freedom and accountability has made many countries rethink their policies and many neglected issues have given birth to new human, civil and constitutional rights. Millions and millions of human right defenders are becoming aware of the justice that they deserve, and are demanding impartiality and righteousness. Another issue is the universality of the human rights declaration. Every country has different rules and regulations, customs, religion, policies, etc. so their view of looking at things is also different demanding different rights and privileges. Keeping this in mind human rights have gone through many changes over the last sixty years. Human rights have become less individualized since 1948. Instead of protecting
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