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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights came into existence shortly after the Second World War, reflecting the wishes of people at the time to try and never see such a horror again.
WissensWerte, a project of the German non-profit organization /e-politik.de/ produced this informative overview on what human rights are:
This section attempts to highlight some of the gross human rights violations, racial hatred, the effects of media suppression, distortion and bias, that still occur around the world — both near and far from home.
10 articles on “Human Rights Issues” and 1 related issue:
Last updated Friday, October 01, 2010.
Read “Human Rights In Various Regions” to learn more.
Last updated Saturday, January 28, 2012.
Democracy is a valued principle, so much so that some people have sacrificed their lives to fight for it. While no system is perfect, it seems that democracy is once again under assault. What are the challenges posed in a democratic system and are established safeguards helping to strengthen democracy or are their forces successfully weakening it?
Read “Democracy” to learn more.
Last updated Sunday, August 08, 2010.
Racism is the belief that characteristics and abilities can be attributed to people simply on the basis of their race and that some racial groups are superior to others. Racism and discrimination have been used as powerful weapons encouraging fear or hatred of others in times of conflict and war, and even during economic downturns. This article explores racism from around the world.
Read “Racism” to learn more.
Last updated Sunday, March 14, 2010.
Women’s rights around the world is an important indicator to understand global well-being.
A major global women’s rights treaty was ratified by the majority of the world’s nations a few decades ago.
Yet, despite many successes in empowering women, numerous issues still exist in all areas of life, ranging from the cultural, political to the economic. For example, women often work more than men, yet are paid less; gender discrimination affects girls and women throughout their lifetime; and women and girls are often are the ones that suffer the most poverty.
Gender equality furthers the cause of child survival and development for all of society, so the importance of women’s rights and gender equality should not be underestimated.
Read “Women’s Rights” to learn more.
Last updated Saturday, October 16, 2010.
There are approximately 370 million indigenous people spanning 70 countries, worldwide. Historically they have often been dispossessed of their lands, or in the center of conflict for access to valuable resources because of where they live, or, in yet other cases, struggling to live the way they would like. Indeed, indigenous people are often amongst the most disadvantaged people in the world.
Read “Rights of Indigenous People” to learn more.
Last updated Sunday, May 19, 2002.
Read “The Internet and Human Rights” to learn more.
Last updated Saturday, September 27, 2003.
Read “Rights of the Child” to learn more.
Last updated Thursday, September 19, 2002.
Large, transnational corporations are becoming increasingly powerful. As profits are naturally the most important goal, damaging results can arise, such as violation of human rights, lobbying for and participating in manipulated international agreements, environmental damage, child labor, driving towards cheaper and cheaper labor, and so on. Multinational corporations claim that their involvement in foreign countries is actually a constructive engagement as it can promote human rights in non-democratic nations. However, it seems that that is more of a convenient excuse to continue exploitative practices.
Read “Corporations and Human Rights” to learn more.
Last updated Sunday, July 02, 2000.
Read “A Chronology of the Global Human Rights Struggle” to learn more.
Last updated Sunday, May 29, 2005.
Read “Human Rights Links for more Information” to learn more.
Last updated Sunday, March 04, 2012.
Read “Mainstream Media” to learn more.