We all know that the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” of the United Nations dated 1948 ensures the protection of civil, political, social, economic, and cultural rights. For instance, it is against discrimination, child labor, forced or compulsory labor, and it is in favor of ethnic minorities, freedom of association, access to culture and education, and health protection.
Have you ever read it all? There is much more. Here are some examples.
The recognition of the dignity and of equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.
The advent of a world, where human beings can enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and need has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the mankind.
No one can be subjected to arbitrary interference within his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his or her honor and reputation.
Everyone has the right to be protected by the law against such interference or attacks.
Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself or herself and his or her family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his or her interests.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours.
Everyone has the right to periodic holidays with pay.
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself or herself and of his or her family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care, and necessary social services.
Everyone has the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his or her control.
Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance.
All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, must enjoy the same social protection.
Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts, and to share scientific advancement and its benefits.
Do you really think that all human rights are respected?
Paola Morgese, PMP
Civil Hydraulic Engineer
M.S. Sanitary and Environmental Engineering
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U.N. United Nations (1948), The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, New York, U.S.A.
Translation of the article Paola Morgese “Pensate che i diritti umani siano rispettati?” published in the blog of Sostenibile.com