With the Omoyele Sowore’s case, a Nigerian activist, the publisher of US-based Sahara Reporters News site, and former presidential candidate whose detention and re-arrest alongside a few others leaves the country in a state of dire intervention, we cannot but question the viability of our human rights. The pervasive corruption and impunity among those with whom we have vested power to govern us, has allowed for a continuous menace of poverty and violation of human rights.
It is no news that the time is now for us to stand up not only for our rights, but the rights of others. We can daily fight for our rights in every little way, thereby promoting a global community. On the accounts of marginalization, stigmatization, and discrimination, the onus is on us (you and I) to defend the lives of others for them to enjoy their freedom to the core.
On a yearly basis, December 10 remains a day to observe the Human Rights Day across the globe as adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Upholding your rights and those of others is not a day in a year activity, rather, it is an everyday process.
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. […] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
It is time to work together as humans who see beyond gender, cultural, and racial differences, to promote a universal socially just society. Interestingly, when the right of an individual is denied and you do nothing about it, be certain you could be the next victim.
Educate yourself, know your rights, stand for your rights.
Let your voice be heard, your voice is you, your voice is your future.
You can be heard, you should be heard, you must be heard.
Below is a list of some of our human rights. Better known now than never.
|Article 1||Right to Equality|
|Article 2||Freedom from Discrimination|
|Article 3||Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security|
|Article 4||Freedom from Slavery|
|Article 5||Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment|
|Article 6||Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law|
|Article 7||Right to Equality before the Law|
|Article 8||Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal|
|Article 9||Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile|
|Article 10||Right to Fair Public Hearing|
|Article 11||Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven Guilty|
|Article 12||Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence|
|Article 13||Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country|
|Article 14||Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution|
|Article 15||Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change It|
|Article 16||Right to Marriage and Family|
|Article 17||Right to Own Property|
|Article 18||Freedom of Belief and Religion|
|Article 19||Freedom of Opinion and Information|
|Article 20||Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association|
|Article 21||Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections|
|Article 22||Right to Social Security|
|Article 23||Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions|
|Article 24||Right to Rest and Leisure|
|Article 25||Right to Adequate Living Standard|
|Article 26||Right to Education|
|Article 27||Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of Community|
|Article 28||Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document|
|Article 29||Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development|
|Article 30||Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights|
Source of the above table: http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/edumat/hreduseries/hereandnow/Part-5/8_udhr-abbr.htm
Happy Human Rights Day