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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Human Rights: 1948 Declaration

In 1948, the nations of the world came together to look back on the horrendous war that had sapped international energies for half a decade, and determine what they could do to prevent horror on that scale in the foreseeable future.

One instrument that came out of that deliberation was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Take a look at it. It's not saying that much more or less than the Constitution of the United States of America. And of course that makes sense if the U.S. played a major role in crafting the U.N. Declaration, as Ken Neubeck claims in the Register-Guard. The article is well worth a read, especially because, due to the Misadministration's misplaced priorities, cities and states all over this fair land are forced to set their own standards - higher than the Chimperor's - for human rights.

Article 5 of the U.N. Declaration does bar the use of torture. Somebody tell the Chimperor.

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