#human rights


We’re Just Human

I see this “Anti-Dis­crim­i­na­tion Bill” being talked about ear­li­er in the news here in the PI, I say cool. At the same time, ques­tion: “It’s 2012? Is this just anoth­er act of pol­i­tick­ing? Etc.”

I won­dered why this isn’t already inclu­sive; as part of the PI’s Bill of Rights (Arti­cle 3)? A quick research of the Philippine’s Con­sti­tu­tion (been a while since I’ve seen this as you may know), ain’t these enough com­mon sense to abide by?

  • Arti­cle 3, Sec­tion 1
  • Arti­cle 3, Sec­tion 5
  • Pre­am­ble, “under the rule of law and a regime of truth, jus­tice, free­dom, love, equal­i­ty, and peace…”

You would also think for a pop­u­la­tion that is dom­i­nant­ly Chris­t­ian (90%+), a reli­gion that holds “Love” as the great­est com­mand­ment (all reli­gions and belief sys­tems do), wouldn’t this be instilled from the start of one’s upbring­ing and social inter­ac­tions. But I guess, that’s just part of the strug­gle.

We live to be our best self one day at a time. We’re just human.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On Decem­ber 10, 1948 the Gen­er­al Assem­bly of the Unit­ed Nations adopt­ed and pro­claimed the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Human Rights the full text of which appears here. Fol­low­ing this his­toric act the Assem­bly called upon all Mem­ber coun­tries to pub­li­cize the text of the Dec­la­ra­tion and “to cause it to be dis­sem­i­nat­ed, dis­played, read and expound­ed prin­ci­pal­ly in schools and oth­er edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions, with­out dis­tinc­tion based on the polit­i­cal sta­tus of coun­tries or ter­ri­to­ries.”

Today, Wednes­day, Decem­ber 10, 2008 marks the 60th anniver­sary of the Assembly’s adap­ta­tion of those Rights.

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