Violation of Human Rights in "The Crucible"

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During the Salem witch trials, many violations of today´s Universal Declaration of Human Rights occurred. Inclusively, some are still being done today. Upon having a victim under an acusation, many articles were not respected. This is shown in the manner in which past time juries treated the accused. In my opinion, the articles that during those times were violated were article four, five, article six, and seventeen.

Article four presents the idea of preventing a cruel or unaccepted treatment towards the victim. It reads the following, 'no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment'. During the witch trials in Salem, those who were declared guilty, depending on the charges he/she was accused of, the victim might suffer a punishment of being hanged, and one person suffered being crushed under rocks. If the declaration had been functioning during those past moments, it would have occured, most likely, that the victims of the illegal charge of witchcraft, might have been given a life-time jail sentence and not the death-penalty by being hanged or crushed.

Another article that had been clearly violated during the Salem witch trials was article five, which states that 'everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law'. Many thought of the women accused of practicing witchcraft to be diabolic and inhuman ; in fact, they were thought of human figures of the devil. This would clearly interfere with the judge´s veredict and it would be almost impossible for the victimis to save themselves from being condemned to death. If these victims of whom most were in their late fifties, had been seen as people who are just like us, they would have been saved from such destiny.

Article Six is also a great, and maybe...