HUMAN RIGHTS

By Gerard ChretienInternatl Human Rights
Prof:Sommerville2002
HUMAN RIGHTS
This is a 3 page paper that describes evaluates and recommends the human right aspect of application in real life.

INTRODUCTION:
As laid down by the United Nations there are 30 articles pertaining to the definition of Human Rights. According to these articles it contains human rights to be considered innocent until proven guilty, and the right of freedom from discrimination and the right of free and fair trial.
RESPECT FOR FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS:
Globally speaking the world has faced a lot of human discrimination collectively in the past year, and this human rights violation is still going on.
All human beings, whatever their cultural or historical background, suffer when they are intimidated, imprisoned or tortured. The question of human rights is so fundamentally important that there should be no difference of views on this. We must therefore insist on a global consensus not only on the need to respect human rights world wide but more importantly on the definition of these rights.(1).

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The tragedy of September 11 is a major human rights violation, but it doesnt end here. The repercussions have lead into more human rights degrading. The supposedly guilty terrorists held in Guatemala Bay are a living proof of serious human rights violation. With treatment meted out like animals to them they are being kept in cages in open view all the time. Where is one wonders the U.N. rights article number 11- Right to be considered innocent until proven Guilty? It is also clearly stated in the U.N. Charters of War and Crime that all arrests made in a state of war will be treated as Prisoners of War. And such prisoners have basic fundamental rights which are not being followed on these prisoners. To date there are innocent Saudis, Pakistani nationals and even French confined in these cages and whose governments are demanding their release.
Since it is guarded severely in Cuba there are no exclusive pictures and footage to view for an audience however snaps and eye-witness accounts of Red Cross workers and Human Rights groups is available.
We need to think in global terms because the effects of one nation’s actions are felt far beyond its borders. The acceptance of universally binding standards of Human Rights as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenants of Human Rights is essential in today’s shrinking world. Respect for fundamental human rights should not remain an ideal to be achieved but a requisite foundation for every human society. When we demand the rights and freedoms we so cherish we should also be aware of our responsibilities. If we accept that others have an equal right to peace and happiness as ourselves do we not have a responsibility to help those in need? Respect for fundamental human rights is as important to the people of Africa and Asia as it is to those in Europe or the Americas.(1)
CONCLUSION:
This is just one example of gross human rights violation. However we are surrounded by continuous human condemnation around us. As simple as child labor or confiscation of women is also human abuse. The prisoners held in inhuman conditions without fair trial is also a human subjugation. For innocent is innocent until proven guilty.
Bibliography:
(1) http://www.healthandhumanrights.org/state.htm
Primary Sources
ANONYMOUS. The UN and Refugees’ Human Rights: A Manual on How UN Human Rights Mechanisms Can Protect the Rights of Refugees. Amnesty International, London, and International Service for Human Rights, Geneva, 1997.
VERHELLEN, E., Ed. Monitoring Children’s Rights. Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 1996. 960 pp
MORALES, P., Ed. Towards Global Human Rights. International Centre for Human and Public Affairs, Tilburg, the Netherlands, 1996. 192 pp.
JOHANNES WIER FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS. Health and Human Rights: A Course for Doctors, Nurses, and Paramedics (in Training). Johannes Wier Foundation, Amersfoort, the Netherlands, 1996.
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