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It's Time We Got Back to Basic Human Rights

Updated on June 8, 2020
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April Savage is an Author; an advocate of Literacy, Dyslexia awareness and Entrepreneurship


The Fundamental Right to be Human

Wikipedia defines Human rights as: Inalienable, fundamental rights “to which a person is inherently entitled simply because we/they are human beings…”

We may all be human but time and time again our species has shown we do not treat every human as a human. The recourse of this ignorance carries through our history, staining morals and hopes of accomplishment regarding unity at every level of humanity.

In December of 1948, the United Nations Declared thirty Human Rights in their General Assembly that was adopted. These rights were listed as the world's most translated document in 370 languages and dialects according to the Guinness Book of Records in 2009. It is binding on all member states and appears in the United Nations Charter.

The American Library Association also endorsed: Any action that denies the inalienable human rights of individuals only damages the will to resist oppression, strengthens the hand of the oppressor, and undermines the cause of justice.

The actions of many destroy human rights for others who bleed the same as us all. Yet the inaction of complacency and ignorance kill more hopes and dreams of basic human rights. Worldwide humans are subjected to cruelties where justice has no name. Worldwide the atrocities seem too far away to save them, and when humans stand up they are met with even crueler punishments to keep them in bondage.

Ignorance is also bondage. Ignorance holds humans back from the truth. It keeps them bound to oppression. That's why knowledge is power.

"Give every human being the right that you claim for yourself." Robert Ingersoll.

Human rights are not worthy of the name if they do not protect the people we don't like as well as those we do.

— Trevor Phillips

The Cyrus Cylinder and its importance in Human Rights

In 539 BC, the Persian King Cyrus captured Babylon. The King ordered scholars to make inscriptions on a clay cylinder, known today as the Cyrus Cylinder. The cylinder is in Cuneiform writing which is a system of writing used in the ancient Middle East, one of the earliest written languages.

It is a pivotal achievement in our history because this cylinder is referred to as the "first bill on human rights", which encouraged freedom of worship throughout the Persian Empire. It was written 600 years BC and is roughly around 2,600 years old.

King Cyrus also freed the slaves and allowed them to return to their homelands. He allowed the Jews back into Jerusalem and gave them back their freedom of worship.

What makes it so vital is that this cylinder has been interpreted as allowing freedom of worship and delivery of slavery, which are part of the basic human rights that still applies today.

If you study the history of King Cyrus, it is fascinating to see what he achieved regarding human rights and how he influenced rulers over time. History is a wonderful recollection of human greatness and sorrow as well as overcoming adversity.

Thomas Jefferson was also influenced by King Cyrus when he created the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence states: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

History also shows us that humans know the value of human rights and the benefits it brings to society as a whole when followed.


To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

— Nelson Mandela

The 30 Universal Declarations of Human Rights

Humans have rights. We have the right to be free and equal. We have the right to have freedom from discrimination. We have the right to life. We have the right to be free from slavery.

We have the right to be free from torture. We have the right to be recognized before the law. We have the right to equality before the law. We have the right to have access to justice. We are free from arbitrary detention, arrest or exile.

We have the right to a fair trial. We have the right of a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. We have the right to privacy. We are free to move. We have the right to asylum.

We have a right to our nationality. We are free to marry and create a family. We can own property. We are free to have our own religion or beliefs. We have freedom of expression.

We have the right of freedom of assembly. We can take part in public affairs. We have the right to social security. We have the right to work. We can rest and enjoy leisure time.

We have the right to an adequate standard of living. We have the right to education. We can take part in cultural and scientific, artistic life. We have the right to a free and fair world. We have a duty to our community. Our rights are inalienable and no one, institution or individual has any right to destroy these rights.

These are our basic human rights.


A right delayed is a right denied.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

On December 10th of every year the Declaration of Human Rights Days is commemorated as the anniversary of when we adopted them.

Every human should take a good, hard look at these basic rights we are all entitled to. I hope those who enjoy human rights share their knowledge of them and enthusiasm with others.

Yet many are denied the rights to an open door to have the freedoms that are entitled to each one of us.

Humans opposed to violation of human rights fight against those who oppress others from attaining those rights. The default about being human is that none of us are perfect. Human rights violators may think they have such vast wisdom yet show no compassion for those who have never seen empathy from another human being in their lives.

History proves time and time again those oppressing basic human rights meet the ignorance of their repercussions while those denied basic rights are free to get justice.

It all comes at a cost but it shouldn't have to.

Humans should not have to die to exercise their rights. Humans should not have to go to war to have freedoms, or risk great injustices at forces seeking to diminish their value, seeking to destroy their hopes and dreams, their families and livelihoods, their very essence of just being human.

Human Rights denied, because another human sees you different than others. Denied, because you look different, think different, believe in different ways that others.

Basic human rights give us the right to be ourselves. A willow tree doesn't judge a grove of Orange trees for having fruit. They are still trees and serve a purpose.

The difference is many people see the worth of other humans as less than themselves, while taking the fundamental human rights away from our own species who are already entitled because we are all human.

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

© 2020 April Savage


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