Universal Declaration of Human Rights

My response to the question, “Should all nations have to respect this document when we know that there are times that the United States of America does not?,” is pretty ambiguous. Though I initially I had that every nation should indeed follow this declaration, doubts and reason why they should not have to come in mind as well. First, I question what nation’s idea was it to create this declaration and did all nations on this planet agree to the amendments and rules put into it. I also ask if all nations swore to follow it.

Because like the question says, the United States does not follow this document, which means that the United States does not respect; and I can think of other nations and peoples who do not follow the declaration as well, right off the top of my head. If the answer to those questions id yes, then I do believe that every nation, including the United States should have to follow it.

However, that does not seem to be the case. So therefore, I do not think that any nation should scrutinize or punish another nation for not following the document if that nation does not as well. Furthermore, I think that if all, or most nations, do not follow the Universal Declaration of Human Rights then it was a pretty big waste of time and energy making it and since not respected it should become null and void, and just another piece of failed history.

First I am going to write about the Declaration in general; it’s history and what it consists of. The declaration was created and adopted in 1948. It arouse from the Second World War where people of the Jewish community were subject to very intense and tragic discrimination. The United Nations General Assembly had created it.

The declaration includes thirty articles that are supposed to protect and identify the rights and liberties of each and every human life on this planet. On December 10, 1948 the Universal Declaration had been voted on. Forty eight nations voted in favor of it and eight nations refrained from voting some due to their clear opposition to it, such as South Africa. Other countries like Saudi Arabia refused to sign it because it violated Islamic law.

Moreover, I will write about how the United States as well as other nations and peoples do not follow the Declaration. First off, the declaration says, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person” in Article three. This is not followed in many nations, the United States being one of them. With many of our states having the death penalty, people’s right to life is being taken away, and so with that all of their liberties and securities are being taken away as well.

So, Due to all of the previous information in my paper, I say that no, nations should not have to follow the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I have multiple reasons why I feel this way. First off, there is no universal culture. Each and every culture, religion, and nation hold different values, beliefs, and traditions. Therefore, it really is not possible for there to be human rights that are truly and honestly universal. Also, many of the specific rights listed in the declaration reflect western cultural bias. One specific example is women’s rights.

Sure, in America and in some other nations women and free and equal to men holding the same right and liberties, but in other countries they are not. For example, Women in Islam are often deprived of the rights given to them through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They are less than men are. In some places in this world, due to tradition, religion, or other factors, women are not allowed to drive a car, show their skin, or even leave their home without an immediate male family member escorting them. So their rights are not the same.

And despite what Article Two says in the Universal Declaration, women are being deprived of their privileges simply because of the genitals they possess. Furthermore, cultures and nations are always growing and evolving, therefore it is hard and almost impossible for the rights back in 1948 to be the same exact rights needed today. Plus, when all of us nations are growing and evolving we are doing it in different ways, at different rates, and in totally different contexts. So, having a universal declaration with rights and liberties to follow for all nations, cultures, religions, and peoples, is basically an impossible thing to do successfully, especially since the United States has so much difficulty following our own constitution.

And that is just for one nation, not every nation of this world! Plus, it is illogical to think that the whole world can share all of the same thoughts on every topic and right and liberty. The entire sharing the same ideas, thoughts, and beliefs on human rights is clearly impossible. Not only is this impossible due to the fact that culture and religion vary tremendously, it is impossible also because of each and every individual’s brain and biological aspects. Some people are just designed to think the way that they do. It is in their blood, their genes, and their DNA. Environmental aspects also affect our thoughts on these topics and issues.

Though, the concept and idea of Universal Human Rights is so simple, and the thought it so ideal, it truly just is not possible to be conducted efficiently and respectfully to each and every culture, person, and religion. The world and it’s nations are just too complex and diverse for such a thing to be successful. Therefore, I do not think that all nations should have to respect The Declaration of Human Rights based on its unfairness to certain religions and people, as well as its inefficiency to hold respect and obedience in those supposed to be following it.

Another reason I feel this way is because the United States does not even follow it and we are supposedly the cop or leader of all nations or whatever. So if we do not follow and respect its ideas and we’re supposed to be so good and look up to, then why should other nations have to respect it? I do not think they should have to.

Now, my last reason for thinking that nations should not have to follow this document is this: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948, which really, is not that long ago when thinking about mankind’s existence as a whole. Therefore, most cultures and religions already held position and followers. Therefore, they were there first. And just because someone came up with this grand idea of universal rights, does not mean that they should just have to simply end their lifestyle and transform because someone told them to.