Friday, 12 December 2008
We Can Do Better
December 10, 2008 was the 60th anniversary of when the world came together (after the horrors of World War II) at the United Nations to unanimously pass the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
This powerful declaration states that every human being deserves dignity, freedom, and respect. It is the first blueprint for global rights establishing the fundamental freedoms for all people.
The UDHR started a global movement that literally opened prison doors, shut down torture and execution chambers, and caused the downfall of the worst tyrannies happening in the world.
Despite progress, 60 years later, millions of people are still denied basic human rights. Many governments still show more interest in abusing power than respecting those they lead. We only have to look at what has happened in Iraq (Abu Ghraib) or if we are willing what is going on in Darfur.
There is a wonderful video that I want to share with all of you entitled ‘The Price of Silence.’