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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Please view the below video:

something must strike into your mind – What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

According to Wikipedia,

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (10 December 1948 at Palais de Chaillot, Paris). The Guinness Book of Records describes the UDHR as the “Most Translated Document”[1] in the world. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. It consists of 30 articles which have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions and laws

The issues are:

1. Guantanamo Bay. (Article 5 of the declaration: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”)

Amnesty Protest in Nottingham City Centre

2. Wal-martisation of Women’s Jobs

(Article 23, para. 2: “Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.”)

3. The case of Education in Mauritius

(Article 26: (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.)

To conclude, I would strongly advise all Mauritians to read Chapter II – Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedom of the Individual, found in our Constitution.

Thank you for taking your time to read your fundamental rights as a Citizen of Mauritius

An update: To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Harvard Law School Professor Martha Minow co-chaired a conference at HLS, “Hope, Critique, and Possibility: Universal Rights in Societies of Difference.” View the slideshow by clicking here. An interesting video:

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