On 10 December, it is the 60th Anniversary of the day on which the General Assembly of the UN adopted and proclaimed the Universial Declaration of Human Rights


The very first lines of the UDHR are as follows:

    Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

    The UN pledged (as follows below) that this would be what all nations and peoples of the world would strive twoards: 

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.



Sixty years on, why is my life any more valuable that a 25 year old living in Kenya.  She does not have the same provision of health access as I do, hence her right to life is not given the same equality as mine.  Why does she not have the same standard of life and opportunity to further herself?   As I go about my life believing 'There for but by the Grace of God go I', the answer is very very simple, she does not live where the wealth of the world rests.   For as much as this is considered what should happen- that there should be equal rights for all humans, that is not what will happen, as everything in this life, in this world is attributed to wealth.  Even the right to life.

Wealth rests in such a minimal percentage of the Western world, the same aspect of the world that wastes the most and is now starting to feel the tightening of a recession, but in fearing the purchases of their own luxuries may decline dramatically, do not see that to many basic food and water is is a luxury.


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Nov 23, 2008