What is The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and does it matter?
If you don't know your liberties how can you take them, defend them or help others?

Purpose: I read a lot of talk on +Google+ about #Libertarianism , #Occupy movement, #Anarchy , #Liberalism , #community #Rights , (not so much of this one though) #Responsibility , #SOPA , #ACTA , #WIPO , #philosophy , of #freespeech and #political theory. However without grasping where we are in history and using the ammunition previous generations have already supplied for the purpose of defending people, individuals activity is likely to be less effectual than it might be and more heat than light.

Background: The United Nations General Assembly recognises human dignity as equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, human rights should be protected by the rule of law, friendly relations between nations must be fostered, the peoples of the UN have affirmed their faith in human rights, the dignity and the worth of the human person, the equal rights of men and women and are determined to promote social progress, better standards of life and larger freedom and have promised to promote human rights and a common understanding of this.

The international community's dedication to safeguarding the universal ideals of human dignity is led by The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The executive function is lead on a daily basis by the High Commissioner Ms. Navanethem Pillay.

What is the UDHR?: A quick summary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, please take the time to read the full version.

1. Liberty and fairness for all.
2. Diversity and Equality.
3. Security & a peaceful private life.
4. No slavery.
5. No torture.
6. No favouritism in law.
7. Everyone can access justice equitably.
8. When wronged access to legal help.
9. Protection by rule of law before punishment.
10. Justice is fair and public.
11. Innocent until proven guilty.
12. Protection from the State.
13. Freedom of travel.
14. May claim asylum.
15. Citizenship, you can change country if you want.
16. Can marry and have kids.
17. Can own things.
18. Freedom of belief.
19. Freedom of speech.
20. Right to chose own friends
21. Right to vote and be politically active.
22. Right to learn and receive support from govt.
23. Right to fair & safe working.
24. Right to rest.
25. Right to medical assistance.
26. Right to education.
27. Right to take part in community.
28. Right to stability and rule of law.
29. Respect others.
30. Rights cant be taken away.

Would you like to know more?
Simplified Version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights http://hrea.org/index.php?base_id=104&language_id=1&erc_doc_id=5211&category_id=24&category_type=3&group=
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights http://un.org/en/documents/udhr
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Right: http://ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/WhoWeAre.aspx
Amnesty International (human rights campaign group): http://amnesty.org
Wikipedia on Human Rights: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights

Some UK specific links on Human Rights
The Human Rights Act 1998: http://legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/42/contents
Equality and Human Rights Commission: http://equalityhumanrights.com/human-rights

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