HUMAN RIGHTS TURNS 70

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


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Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?
— Eleanor Roosevelt

DECEMBER 10, 2017 marks the start of 2018 and 70 years of progress as we join hands with all mankind to celebrate a historic day in where the power of people prevailed. As the United General Assembly adopted The Universal Declaration of Human Rights we stand united with these visionaries and our friends around the world. 

The proclamation that we are all born free and equal is not only our right, it is literally the cause of our existence as human beings. That expression going back into the world for all mankind to embrace is our duty.  

We all deserve to be treated with the utmost good faith, fidelity, respect, and dignity. Indeed, we are entitled to our own inalienable rights as people - conversely we are liable as for this right as well. We are not here to abuse those rights. We must remember to hold ourselves accountable in all ways. Inherently our actions are for all people. As one people.

This day you will see The Universal Declaration of Human Rights written in a plethora of languages worldwide and it is clear that regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or another status -  there is no label currently existing, that gives clearance to discriminate. The fight for equality is not fully realized still till this day. Our ability to fall short is disheartening at times. However, where purpose exist there also resides hope. We must remain steadfast in these agreements. 

It is a remarkable complement to witness what changes have transpired within seventy years. Hard work prevailed, setbacks were had and the accomplishment for humane moved to the front. You almost wished you were a fly on the wall when it all started. Observing how others overcame their differences to unite and make one of, if not the most, important of all declarations. We shall not hate.

In its tenure since 1948, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has created effective lasting change. Justice resides in all of us.

Today, let us elevate the creators of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the highest regard as we commemorate its essential success and universal vitality. Many predecessors deserve our applause and gratitude today. Never silent, let us take a moment to appreciate all those that have sacrificed their time and ability for human advocacy. Their personas were loud and supportive of unique, they were true rebels of oppression. Surpassing all adversity for this one cause. Their drive to eradicate discriminatory belief systems is vital to who and where we are today. Let these relentless individuals permeate their memory within us. May our future generations be encouraged to lead with these same standards and values. 

Many have spent their entire lives in avid pursuit of genuine solidarity. Our job is to continue this collaboration with one another, actively seeking like-minded people in our neighborhoods, towns, and cities. We must not be intimated. We must be brave enough to speak up. Our duty in life is to share these principles, teach them and exonerate a worth of independence in others. We must be merciless and wholehearted in our rebellion against anything that would cause harm.  Above all, may our humanity be heard and any label that puts another as unequal is no label at all. Our response to anything that would halt the peace of another should be addressed swiftly. We must not sell ourselves out. Nor abandon to cause even greater risk by doing absolutely nothing when others are faced with such adversity.

Strive daily with purpose, and be firmly dedicated to treating others as you would like to be treated. Be resolute to teach future generations and promote the principles of kinship within The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. May we never relent and be so deeply enthralled in our pursuit of humane that we empower every corner of the world with an unequivocal command of this basic right ... to be born free.

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