United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (cont.)

Article 1.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11.
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.

(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.

(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14.
(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15.
(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.

(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16.
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17.
(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.

(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21.
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.

(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22.
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26.
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27.
(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28.
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29.
(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.

(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

Human Rights

by Ken Nichols O'Keefe

In Anne Frank humanity has an example of our potential, what an incredibly beautiful young women. The day that our best are revered instead of murdered will mark the day that we fulfill our potential as human brothers and sisters. Anne Frank lives in all of us, in our hearts, and she is asking us to fulfill our human potential by not just talking, but acting;"really good at heart."

Most of the documents within the human rights section of this website are from the United Nations, but let this be clear, I am in no way a supporter of the United Nations as it is and how it was intended. The UN is in my opinion a dangerously deceptive institution that is intended to concentrate and centralize tyrannical power even further than it already is. Worse yet the UN's primary function is to further concentrate this power with the same criminal/government puppets that are duping humanity into our voluntary self destruction. Kofi Annan's role is to put a likable and trustable face on the United Nations so we will continue to be manipulated and fooled, and he is very good at his job.

I can think of no better example of 21st Century Imperialism than the UN veto powers reserved for the United States, England, France, Russia, and China. As long as veto powers exist for less than 3% of the participating nations in the UN than we as people are outright fools if we genuinely believe the UN is in fact a "United Nations." The recent UN Security Council vote in July 2002 unanimously supporting the United States demands for "immunity" from potential charges of crimes against humanity within the newly formed International Criminal Court destroyed any illusions that the UN serves the interests of the majority of people on this planet. Disgraceful does not begin to describe the fact that the United States, the nation that is soon to invade Iraq in violation of all laws and despite virtually unanimous opposition world wide has just received "immunity" for its "peacekeepers" according to the United Nations. Think about it.

The UN is a highly useful tool for the continuation of the status quo that insures chaos, oppression and war. But within this menace known as the UN are some highly useful and genuinely good tools that can be employed to benefit humanity and our planet. Wisdom and strategy compel us to exploit the manipulations of the UN against the manipulators themselves. Do not misunderstand me, I do not subscribe to the notion that "changing the system from within" is effective, if nothing else history proves this strategy to be foolish and naive at best. But using the global systems of oppression against themselves while infiltrating and sabotaging them is wise and necessary. This is not anarchy as most would define it, this is an intelligent struggle for justice. When the foundation of a system is based on lies and deception than the foundations are invariably compromised and dangerous. Anything built on that foundation is doomed to a short life in real terms, it is foolish to continue to build on these foundations. Instead we must exploit all that is useful in them while destroying all that is injurious to life within them. In this transition we will build sound foundations of truth and justice for all life. Only then we will have "human rights" in reality, and then peace will follow.

Disproportionate focus on the negative realities of this world while bickering over details in strategy will get us nowhere. I have little to no patience for this all too common foolishness that plays right into the hands of the oppressors. While debate is healthy as long as it does not paralyze us, action is imperative. We can make no mistake about this, time is so short that we must act now. Contrary to the constant declarations of "complexity" presented to us by the likes of Kofi Annan and virtually all agents of tyranny the solutions are known and tangible now. It is not debates or "World Summits" that we need, it is action. Direct action by the people, let the puppets debate, let the people act.

The question is do we the people (especially in the prosperous Western nations) really care about our human brothers and sisters around the globe? If we do not, which tragically is true for many, than let us be honest and admit our world is nothing more than a free for all where "might makes right." If that be the case than I say emphatically that I would rather die than see this pathetic existence progress to its logical conclusion. I say loud and clear once and for all, as a human being, that I demand the inherent and universal human rights in all of my brothers and sisters be honored immediately. Safe drinking water are healthy food are bare minimums that all must have, and can have right now, if we care. Excuses from puppets like Kofi Annan will appease those of conscience no longer, do not insult us by saying we are "making progress" but the issues are "complex." Bullshit, we must face the fact that our so-called "democratically elected representatives" or "leaders" are "unable" to provide the basic needs and rights for humanity because they are puppets controlled by a tiny minority who could by virtue of their own incredible wealth provide food, water, and housing for every single human being on the planet, but choose not to. There is nothing complex about that. Think about it.

Thus far we as human beings have been duped in the biggest of ways which has resulted in the world we have today. Our ancestors have collectively failed us. In continuing our blindness to simple truths we are fail in our moral obligation to our human family, we continue the cycle of self-destruction. Let us stop the madness, enough is enough. "Power to the People." - Ken O'Keefe