Human Rights and Global Citzenship in our Modern World

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All people are equally entitled to human rights, a concept that is central to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, which was adopted by the United Nations in response to the Holocaust and atrocities of World War II.

The United Nations is an international organization created in 1945, shortly after the end of WWII. The UN was formed by 51 countries in order to encourage resolution of international conflicts without war and to form policies on international issues. Like most organizations, the UN was formed in order to meet certain goals and purposes. The United States is a member of the United Nations since 24 October, 1945. The United States is the largest provider of financial contributions to the United Nations, providing 22 percent of the UN budget in 2015. So the US is really important member in the UN.

The Universal Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10 December 1948.

Motivated by the experiences of the preceding world wars, the Universal Declaration was the first time that countries agreed on a comprehensive statement of inalienable human rights.

It is important to remember that throughout US history Americans have always had good ideas about equality and human rights but American actions have never fully matched these great words.  Governments need the guidance of good ideas to make sure they are pointed in the right direction of progress.  Think about it; Thomas Jefferson wrote about human rights in the Declaration of Independence while he still owned slaves, the Civil War occurred because we were not living out the ideas of our Constitution, and the imperfect world today needs guidance because we fail in human rights everywhere.  Since the time of the UN declaration America has gone from a nation with racism through public segregation to a nation that respects all races from around the world.

In 1948 when the USA said it supported the UN Declaration, white people used to be in the front of the bus and black people were required to be sitting in the back. Because white people thought that blacks were born just to work for them, and thought that blacks can never get education like the whites do. So it was just racist.  We didn’t have slavery anymore and the Civil was won but we were still trying to live out the good ideas of equality for all.

Rosa Parks on the bus. At the same time that the United States was supporting the United Nations in their effort to protect Human Rights the United States was facing issues of injustice and inequality over race and segregation.

The United States has always been one of the best countries but it has never been perfect with human rights.   There are too many governments in this world that don’t really care about the people or about the country. This is true in places like Venezuela or Syria or North Korea or even China today.  The way the US thinks is that we are all people and we were born with different colors and different religions and cultures but the same rights.  What I like about the U.S.  is that they care not only about people in their country but about everybody.

As an immigrant I always feel safe living here, and I’m always treated like I’m American and I actually like that because even Americans don’t care about where you are from and what religion you have.  What we need is common respect.

So thank you America and thanks for every American for letting us be in their country, and for giving us a really good education and nice jobs and for always respecting us.  We will not let you down.


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