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Human Rights Issues That Should Be Long Gone

Updated on January 23, 2019

This Video Shows John Humphrey and Franklin Roosevelt Who Drafted The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Won Support From the UN


It's 2019, people, and there are still so many human rights issues out there. Tons of people are being treated like sub-humans. Everyone deserves to be free from judgement, shame and torture. We are all humans, and we all deserve to be treated fairly.

Why are people around the world lacking in basic human rights?

Why are people be treated differently?

Why do thousands of people live on one dollar a day?

Why is the world such an unfair place?

Racism, abuse, lack of health care, clean water, food, shelter, and safety. I believe that everyone, no matter what, deserves to be treated as equals.

Human Rights

Human rights are the rights and freedoms that everyone deserves. After the traumatic events of world war II, the United Nations created The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

They agreed that human rights must be recognized as:

  • Universal- They belong to everybody in the world.
  • Inalienable- They cannot be taken away from us.
  • Indivisible and interdependent- The government shouldn't decide who's to be respected.

These rights were created for everyone, but not everyone has them. Thousands of people right here and around the world don't have the basic human rights that we are so fortunate to have. The UN hopes to have solved these problems by 2030, that's eleven years from now. Let's help make that goal possible!



Racism is still a huge problem. Immigrants that come into our country are still judged, shamed, and de-humanized. It not right to be like that. We are all human beings and should joy in being our unique, amazing selves, not told that you are terrible because of your skin colour, religion or traditions.

When you see someone different, do you stare? If you do, I'm not saying you are racist, but that's how the human race is. When we are curious, we want to know more. It's still not right to stop and stare at people, it could make them feel isolated; different.

Many people don't just stare, some do way worse. There have been many reports of racist people telling people to "Go back to where you came from." This is unacceptable. Put yourself in someone else's shoes, let's say you are in a store and someone walks up to you and says that to you, this is your home, yet you are being told to leave because you are different.

Racism has been going on for thousands of years, I think it's time to stop. We are all humans and we need to rejoice in our differences.


Poverty, Hunger and Access to Clean Water

Tons of people don't have enough money which means they don't have enough food to eat. Poverty is a huge problem. So many people are dying from sickness, and lack of food.

Without money or food, they can't live. They have constant aches for food and pains from sickness.

This is a very important human right. Then why doesn't everyone have this? Why are some people extremely rich and full to the brim with food, and others are dying from lack of it? We need to help balance the world and make sure everyone has a full stomach and money to pay for the necessities.

Not So Fun Facts

Half the worlds population (Approx. 3 billion people) live on less than $2.50 a day.

1 billion children live in poverty worldwide and 22, 000 die each day.

805 million people don't have enough food to eat.

Hunger is the number one cause of death worldwide.

The world food program says “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.”


Acces to Clean Water and Health Care

In third-world countries, children travel for miles until they reach a dirty stream. They collect it and lug it all the way back, boil it, then drink it. It's still full of diseases and they can get horribly sick. Most poor communities don't have access to health care, and all those who get sick inevitably die. 3, 400, 000 people die each year from water-related diseases.

We can simply turn on a tap and out comes clean water for us to enjoy. If we ever get sick, we head to one of the many hospitals, or doctors offices that are ready to treat us and provide medicine.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that everyone deserves these basic rights. Then why do 2.5 billion people lack clean water and health care?


Lack of Safety and Security

There are forty current conflicts around the world. Many homes are being destroyed and family members killed. They live in fear because they are nowhere close to as safe as we are.

We are in the most peaceful century ever, but there is still so much going on around us. It needs to stop now, so we can save many lives, homes and countries.

The 5 most conflict-based countries are:

  1. Syria
  2. Afganistan
  3. South Sudan
  4. Iraq
  5. Yemen

It's not right that some people have to watch out for landmines, bombs and shooters. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own home and country.


Education and Jobs

Everyone should have the right to learn. Education is what provides you with the opportunity to get a job and get money. Without education, you can't learn and every child deserves to feed their curiosity and prepare themselves for a better future.

4.7 percent of the world is unemployed. Unemployment leads to poverty, hunger, and sickness. You may think most of these unemployed citizens are in developing countries, but there are tons here as well.

We need to fight up for education, for all those that not get to learn and get a job from lack of education. Everyone deserves the gift of education.

This Video Shows the Struggles of Getting a Good Education


Abuse and Torture

Many adults and children get abused and tortured every day. They don't have the power to stand up for themselves.

1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will get raped in their lifetime.

Millions of children experience family abuse during their childhood.

A report of child abuse is reported every 10 seconds around the world.

80% of 21-year-olds who reported child abuse when they were younger have at least one psychological disorder.

Physical, sexual and emotional abuse are all types of abuse that leave everlasting effects on people of all ages. Torture includes mostly physical, but it can be all three.

Abuse and torture are everywhere in the world. It's happening right now, it's happening a second from now, it's happening 10 minutes from now, it's happening an hour from now. It's always happening, but it needs to stop.


A Fair and Free World

We are all human beings. We are all different. We all deserve to be free and have equal rights.

Everyone should be able to share their opinion, live without judgement or abuse, have clean water, food, money, and security. We don't belong to anyone and should be in control of our own lives.

Everyone should have access to the rights that The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has granted us. We all deserve to live in a world that lets us be ourselves and have access to all the things we need. No one can take that away from us.

What Do You Think is The Most Important Human Right To Create A Fair and Free World?

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© 2019 Megan Metler


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