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What Is Human Rights Day On December 10?

Updated on November 19, 2015
Universal Declaration of Human Rights:   Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.   They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. | Source

What Is a Human Right? --

A right that is believed justifiably to belong to every human being. Rights are what we are allowed to be, to do, or to have because we are human.

Human Rights and Israeli Statehood 1948

Israel became a nation on May 14, 1948, post-World War II. This statehood gave the wandering Jews scattered across the face of the Earth a place to call home. Seven months later, the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.

Since WWI was the War to End All Wars, this declaration seemed a long time in development - and is still broken every day on Earth, in the Middle East and everywhere. Statehood of a nation and a Declaration did not eradicate the global abuse of human rights.

I hope that both events have honored the memories of the Jews, Blacks, and LGBTQ persons that were abused, mutilated, and killed in the Holocaust (and afterward persecuted during the Cold War in America). They were all humans.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt with the English version of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt with the English version of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. | Source

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world...

Minorities In the Holocaust

Jews, Blacks, and LGBTQ persons -- All three groups suffered, although it is the Jewish people that made the largest and most highlighted group in classrooms later; and Blacks make up the least highlighted in classrooms until the 1970s. Blacks have not been as systematically eliminated as were the Jews, but they have been eliminated from some communities in the recent past as well as during WWII.

All three groups were declared non-human on some level by the Third Reich.

Today, Aboriginals on all continents are considered, by some portion of the "majority" populations, as non-human. In my view, all maltreatment is part of one large continuing Holocaust.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Human Rights Explained In 2 Minutes

Today, humanity is abused somewhere on nearly every continent.

  • In North Korea, the general populace is forced to limit food intake to just one meager meal of almost inedible refuse per day. They make a gruel from ground up corn cobs, for example, often mixed with roots that are actually poisonous and cause blindness. Some residents run away to Northern China. Other citizens join the military of this nation that many feel is terrorist, solely in order to be able to eat. What must they do to others in order to remain in the military? Atrocities are listed in The Ginseng Hunter.
  • In Somalia, men, women, and children that declare themselves Christians are answered with the cutting off of their arms and enslavement.
  • South Sudan broke away from Sudan to form its own nation and escape abuses.
  • In Abu Graib, a microscopic minority of the assigned US military personnel orchestrated illegal and inhuman abuse and foolishness against Middle Easterners [Documentary].
  • In China, persons that are discovered to be Christians are forced into unpaid slavery to make our tiny twinkling Christmas light strings by hand without tools for 14 hours per day.
  • In USA,bullying in some schools goes unaddressed and children and youth die because of it, either by murder or by suicide. My friend Sean H. Robertson (Detroit 187) donates proceeds from his books to the Suicide Prevention Hot Line so that it may continue help youth that run to thoughts of suicide because of bullying, eating disorders, harassment over LGBTQ identity, and many other issues.
  • Improving its law enforcement activities since the data emerged earlier in 2010, Toledo Ohio has been in the number one slot for human trafficking worldwide, because criminals in the city gathered and provided the largest numbers of human fodder to other global cities [Toledo information].
  • Ethnic and Faith-difference issues still abound in some countries, leading to violence, and erupt in civil wars..

Apply Your Voice

Please list in the Comments section below, any programs and projects you know that improve Human Rights anywhere in the world and any situations of infraction that need to be addressed. Tell us how you celebrate Human Rights Day.

Please remember Human Rights not only on December 10, but every day.

© 2010 Patty Inglish

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I had a client who was homeless and came into our community computer lab about every day, disheveled and poorly dressed; I always called him "Mr. ____" and he appreciated it .Finally, he sought help in finding a home and work, giving up gambling.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      It is heartbreaking to read about all the abuse in the world. Treating people with the same courtesy that you want to be treated with is important. This may not be major in the grand stream of thing but I think treating people with dignity, no matter what their walk of life is important. We have the power to at least make someone smile. Great up, rated up and awesome!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      AudreaLeigh and Lord De Cross - I was happy to see the H.O.W. movement and to be able to contribute some material that not enough people saw before, really. We can help a lot of individuals and families, I think.

      ...I think I'm having Pizza for lunch tomorrow!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      I think Patty ordered Pizza already; she is pumping(updating) Wonderful hubs related to H.O.W. Thanks Pat, you really rock! Now... can you step out om my toes! Yikes!

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      AudraLeigh 5 years ago

      I take life for granted and have been fortunate to not have had these things happen to me! Thank you for sharing all of this info in one place! Great hub!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Human Rights Day is coming up - Are we any better in protecting Human Rights than we were last year yet?

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Like you said we are all humans. When it is a human whom we love, we would not want to see those things happen to them. Some people take selfishness, pride and even evil to different level. v/r

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I would believe wholeheartedly if it were for the right people. In England it seems that only the criminals have the Human rights. The bigger the crime the more they demand and get Human Rights. It is a very great idea but it doesn't seems to work.

      Thank you for your fantatic article highlighting all the problematic countries.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Tomorrow is International Human rights Day and I'm thankful that we are free to celebrate it.

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      M Peel 7 years ago from Alabama

      Very important information. I am so glad that you shared this information.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That's a great thing to do, LillyGrillit. I'll be thinking about you!

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you for writing a Hub about this I am personally going to write letters for Amnesty International campaign Friday to write for the release of political prisoners. :0)

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      chspublish 7 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks for the good hub and the reminder to keep my head up on the day and remember what we're all about as human beings together on this planet.

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      brandrocker 7 years ago

      I hope to be a part of human rights activists someday... I just cannot tolerate humiliation of human being in any form...

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      Jackie Paulson 7 years ago from USA IL

      Outstanding human rights hub. Thank you for educating all of us as we needed to become more aware of what is "out there."

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank you all for reading and posting comments. I hope many Hubbers write about this topic this week.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were all treated equal. Every day should be Human Rights Day.

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      Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & beautiful! We are ALL God's children and He loves us equally - Why can't we do that...?

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Great information. Human rights are so important for us all.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      YES! That's right - and how about what happens on those 6-months' trips to Mars? How will people act? Ingtergalactic slave trade? There should be more futurist literature on this coming soon.

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      Jeffrey Penn May 7 years ago from St. Louis

      Not much more to be said. Human rights are universal. (However, once we finally have a planet that has eliminated almost all human rights abuses, will we be confronted with "alien rights" issues.)

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