Declaration of Human Rights

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled to. On December 10, 1948, after the inconceivable violations of human rights that victims of World War II suffered, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was made for every living human in this world to follow and obey regardless of race, religion or culture. These rights originated in an effort to prevent avoidable mishaps of war in future generations. By the world unanimously agreeing to this declaration, it would lessen the chances of lives lost again for unnecessary reasons. It would serve to bring to light the equality of each member of the human race.

The goal of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was to define morality in an international context that is acceptable to all cultural and religious groups.

In international law, differences in culture and religion often cause difficulties in determining the morality or justifications for certain actions, so a single document that gives a baseline of all rights, regardless of religion or culture, is useful. These rights were to enforce balanced rights of all people, making sure that all humans have the right to freedom, justice, and peace in this world. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights not only made it possible to have these rights, but to be able to enjoy such rights without fear or consequence. I believe these rights were a good idea for the whole world to follow. The world needs something to make sure that everyone is being treated fairly, and with respect. Even though the poorer countries have difficulties enforcing some of...