Guest Post: December is Universal Human Rights Month.
December 19, 2018
What are Universal Human Rights?
December is designated Universal Human Rights month. After World War II, the United Nations wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to properly define and promote the universal protection of human rights. The Declaration states,
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
This is not some new-age directive. Instead, this is a decades-old mandate for each and every one of us across this world, in every country and culture, regardless of race, gender (including sexual preference or identity), religion, physical limitation, political affiliation, age, or mental health challenge.
This proclamation affirms that each of us deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. This in turn means that each of us needs to treat every human being with that same dignity and respect.
Ways that we as individuals can celebrate Universal Human Rights, not only this month, but every day:
Communicate with our representatives for a national agenda to put pressure on countries that do not follow the Declaration of Human Rights.
- Communicate with our representatives regarding ongoing human rights abuses committed against U.S. citizens (related to such movements as Black Lives Matter, Me Too, etc.)
- Notify officials when we know of or suspect human rights abuses within our own borders.
- Treat all with respect and acceptance, recognizing the humanity within each person.
- Advocate for those whose basic human rights are being neglected or overlooked (i.e. incarcerated individuals, those with physical disabilities, those with mental health disorders).
Spread the word of Universal Human Rights on social media by using #StandUp4HumanRights.