who enshrined the ACTION of assuming RESPONSIBILITY
with her statement ...
"Human rights and the principles of humanity - those values we share
across faiths and culture - together represent the highest common
vision of humanity. They form a global ethic, already agreed by all
states and their peoples throughout the world. Such a global ethic
provides a common framework to inspire and shape concerted action."
Julia Häusermann M.B.E.
and as the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, has so poignantly stated ...
SOMEONE ELSES RIGHTS are MY RESPONSIBILITY
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
An Introduction by Ralph Steadman
Universal Declaration of Human Rights – 50 years – 50 million violations and 50 thoughts …
Without the Universal Declaration of Human Rights my next sentence could contravene other countries’ arbitrary rule of law and cause all others to surreptitiously conspire to suppress its blatant defiance of state.
‘I have the right to hold an opinion, express it, celebrate it, broadcast it, live by it, and travel with it anywhere I so desire and what’s more convince others, by peaceful means, that they should hold that opinion too.’
That in essence is Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and entombed within it is the right of any artist of any faith, impulse or inclination to express him/herself with unbridled passion and conviction sufficient to bestow upon the world a Pandora’s box of riches or curses we could probably live without.
We are all guilty of gross negligence or convenient choice. We have chosen to turn a blind eye to the constant injustice of our own species against our own kind. We no longer deserve to belong to the animal kingdom. We have betrayed an innate sense of survival, the one instinctive law which protects all creatures from extinction. Compassion has been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. You may win the battle to be on top for a while but unless the individual is the object of your struggle you will never reach that plateau of certainty to bring you peace of mind. In South Africa they call that state MANDELA. May the whole world reach a state of MANDELA tomorrow, if necessary, but preferably today.