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If the acceptance and practice of the universally declared human rights charter is a subjective issue to ethics, politics and religion, then, its practices eventually becomes an individual decision. ...

If the acceptance and practice of the universally declared human rights charter is a subjective issue to ethics, politics and religion, then, its practices eventually becomes an individual decision. Individuals will then have to decide whether to practice or not, even when the majority of their fellow human beings disagree with them. It is the collective decisions of individuals who want to practice the universally declared human rights that will assure of its continual promotion among humanity.

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    Practices of universally declared human rights premises is eventually an individual decision Practices of universally declared human rights premises is eventually an individual decision Document Transcript

    • Practices of Universally Declared Human Rights Charter Is Eventually an Individual Decision A casual survey of the human rights issues that are highlighted in the website of theHuman Rights Watch organization (http://www.hrw.org/), involves human rights violationsin many countries, both in the east and west. Though, we have a universally declared humanrights charter, its actual practice is eventually an individual decision.Human Rights: Where to Start? One good place to start to know about human rights is, “The Universal Declaration ofHuman Rights” (http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml). I do not want torepeat the declarations in the charter as one can read it themselves. The declarationenshrines all the universal values and rights of all persons in this world. It stands foruniversal human rights categorically. But why many declarations in the universally declaredhuman rights charter are not practiced in many countries?Human Rights: A Subjective Issue for Ethics, Politics and Religion? There many definitions, roles and functions of ethics, politics and religion. Onefunction of ethics as a moral philosophy is for appraising human actions as to whether theyare right or wrong. In order to do so, ethics must understand human rights as universallydeclared. For an example, in certain social and cultural practices, the female is considered theproperty of the male members (father, brother) of a family until she gets married whichthen makes her the property of her husband. For ethics in that particular social and culturalenvironment, to consider the action of a person who treats a female member of his familyas his property, whether right or wrong, is dependent on whether ethics in the environmentaccepts the declared human rights charter that, “all human beings are born free and equalin dignity and rights.” So no one is another’s property. If ethics in that social and culturalenvironment does not accept the declared human rights charter, then, females will betreated as properties of males. Now, if the ethics as practiced by a social and cultural community treats females asthe properties of males. Then, it is dependent whether the politicians and governments of acommunity and nation are going to accept the declared universal declaration in the charterthat “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Realistically speaking,decision making by politicians are usually dependent on whether their decisions willpositively or negatively affect their political powers, positions and future. In other words forpoliticians generally, ethics and human rights are secondary questions in comparison to thequestion of the continuity of their political powers, position and future. So, politics andpoliticians’ general decision to accept or reject specific human rights declarations in thecharter, is always a politically subjective decision making process. Specific human rights
    • declarations in the charter usually have a 50/50 chance in politics to be practiced even bythose who have signed the charter. Religion is supposed to provide the ultimate guidelines for ethical and moral actionsfor human beings. All religions in its core teachings enshrine ethical and moral standards.But again, it is not any specific religion, but rather the interpretations of the leaders andfollowers of a religion that will eventually decide how ethics, morality and human rights aregoing to be practiced in reality. Thus, the acceptance and practice of the universallydeclared human rights charter in religion will be dependent on whether religious leadersand followers accept the declarations in the charter as being taught and is a part of theirreligions. If they do accept, then, females will not be considered as a property of males. Ifthey do not accept, then, females will be considered a property of males. Also, it isdependent on whether religious leaders and followers will prioritize the universally declaredhuman rights charter over the social and culturally accepted ethical and moral standards. Insummary, acceptance and practice of the universally declared human rights charter isdependent on the subjective interpretations, perceptions and practices of ethics, politicsand religion in their native environments (individual countries).Human Rights: An Individual Decision If the acceptance and practice of the universally declared human rights charter is asubjective issue to ethics, politics and religion, then, its practices eventually becomes anindividual decision. Individuals will then have to decide whether to practice or not, evenwhen the majority of their fellow human beings disagree with them. It is the collectivedecisions of individuals who want to practice the universally declared human rights that willassure of its continual promotion among humanity. So, don’t wait for your religious and political leaders to set an example in practicingthe universally declared human rights charter. It starts with you and I. The practice of theuniversally declared human rights charter is eventually an individual decision.