Monday, 9 September 2013

Human Rights

In citizenship at the moment we have been focusing on human rights and it is shocking to discover how many countries disregard human rights. I am currently doing a project on case studies that show examples of where human rights have been denied, protected and enjoyed. When researching for the human rights denied part I was shocked to see how much human rights are disregarded. I mostly think of human rights being disregarded in LEDC's such as Burma but to discover developed countries such as Russia are massive culprits of ignoring human rights. One big case study would be the imprisonment of punk rock band Pussy Riot, they were not only prevented from exercising their right to freedom of speech (article 19 UDHR) but were then subject to an incredibly unfair trial (article 10 UDHR). Another human right that Russia has ignored in legislation is the right to be free to be who you are by outlawing the freedom to acknowledge yourself as being gay (article 2 UDHR) and this was made even more shocking when Russian athlete 

Yelena Isinbayeva defended the laws saying “If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people...We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys. Everything must be fine. It comes from history. We never had any problems, these problems in Russia, and we don’t want to have any in the future.” at the athletic world championships in Moscow.

This is wrong for a supposedly developed country, they should be leading the rest of the world by example by promoting human rights not disregarding them and treating your citizens like they are nothing. the definition of human rights is: Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.
Every one is entitled to them. If you are human you should be treated like one. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is called universal because that is what it should be Universal and Universal means everybody and everything.

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