Human Rights Day: A Glimpse at the Issues

It has been over sixty years since the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) was ratified on December 10, 1948. Since then, all 192 UN member nations have signed on to the declaration which guarantees universal protection against slavery, torture, and discrimination, and many other human necessities.

In honor of Human Rights Day, let’s reflect on the long way we have to go as a nation and world to live up to these basic principles.

Child Poverty: In 2006, 18% of children in the United States lived in families officially considered poor

Gay Rights: In many countries LGBT relationships remain illegal, and in come cases are punishable by the death penalty.

Human Trafficking: Slavery still exists. According to International Justice Mission, 27 million people around the world are held as slaves, and each year more than 2 million children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade.

Human rights issues affect billions of people every day of the year. See some of DC Progressive’s previous coverage of Mexico’s drug war, China’s Tibet policy, and global hunger.

By Mary Tharin



Filed under Foreign Policy, Human Rights

10 responses to “Human Rights Day: A Glimpse at the Issues

  1. Equally, I would love to see a US administation take the initiative with the EU and get them to fufil their obligations (

    It is nothing radical…its just what they have already promised

  2. JB

    “Child Poverty”? What does that have to do with Human Rights?

    I see you neglected to mention Islam and Women’s Rights. Shhhh… don’t discuss the elephant in the living ro0m.

    • Re: What does child poverty have to do with human rights?

      Article 25 of the UDHR:

      (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
      (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

      Re: Women’s rights and Islam

      Lets not pretend that religious fundamentalism is the only factor behind global gender inequality.

      • POSC

        Its like climate change, without the US and China, forget an initiative. Without dealing with the discrimination resultant from Islam (the largest religion in the world, you are like some pacific nation offering to reduce emissions and save the world…

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  4. Timothy Waite


    Thousands of people are asking for an international investigation of enormous human rights violations that are silently taking place worldwide at this moment.

    In recent years the numbers of those crimes against humanity rose so much that we can openly speak about the civilian population being under attack.

    This attack is committed with technology working invisibly at a distance, beyond the bounds of borders, and is at this moment being used against helpless and unsuspecting citizens.

    The victims are constantly lobbying to report these crimes to government officials, human rights organizations, world leaders and the press. Mostly, they don’t get answers because of a general lack of knowledge about the technology. Mental institutions may diagnose the victims as delusional. And complaints lodged a t local police stations are often treated as psychological problems or ignored.

    It may take several years, before the “silent holocaust” becomes public knowledge. And for the victims, the comparison is very real.

    The scale of the crimes being reported, and the seriousness of the accusations, justifies an urgent international investigation.

    Because there are so many victims worldwide, spawning a worldwide movement coordinated via the Internet, it is only the most diligent and conscientious of victims who are able to report this crime; the actual number of victims being many times larger than this group of activists.

    In January 2007, the article “Mind Games” appeared in “The Washington Post”, written by journalist Sharon Weinberger, about the American victims and the activist organization, Freedom From Covert Harassment and Surveillance.

    Meanwhile, from all parts of the world new victims are showing up in greater numbers. They are asking for these crimes to be made public and are insisting on an international investigation of this problem. And starting a collective campaign against directed energy weapons (DEW) harassment .

  5. Brian

    Last I checked gay marriage was illegal in CA?

  6. You are a very smart person! ;P

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  8. Wohh just what I was searching for, appreciate it for posting .

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