The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Animating Our Rights

In one of my plentiful attempts to avoid work this afternoon, I came across something truly inspiring. Please take the time to watch this video. All information bellow comes from The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is something we must be both aware of, and actively attempt to propagate.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Seth Brau made the above below. View in larger size and higher definition on the Human Rights Action Center website: Created by Seth Brau, produced by Amy Poncher, music by Rumspringa courtesy Cantora Records. (Source: Boing Boing, Cool Hunting)


~ by maffersalmon on October 24, 2008.

2 Responses to “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Animating Our Rights”

  1. Matt, I must respectively disagree with your stance in concern to the Declaration of Human Rights. I will gladly admit that there are very admirable intentions within the Declaration, yet it is clearly dominated by Western liberal ideologies. The notion of mandatory religious plurality and universal suffrage is overly simplistic and does not take into account the complex ideological mosaic that drives our global community. Please note: I do not endorse militaristic regimes, holly wars, or infanticide.

  2. I could not agree more. In fact, when I was posting this little number, I found myself torn between doing an investigation of the strengths and challenges of the document, and giving it my undying support. You see, I also recognize the general dominance of the Western Hubris enshrined within the proclamation. I find hubris of any kind incredibly frustrating. However, I also recognize that there is a fundamental need in the world, then, when it was written, as well as now in the present, for an attempt to provide the basic ideological freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Fortunately, the document may be interpreted according to individual nations paradigms, and provides a large leeway for inclusion and development. However, the dominance still persists. And you are right, that is problematic. However, there could be worse documents in existence.
    For example, have you read the Cairo declaration of human rights? I understand the basic tenants of the document, and respect the ability of religious ideology to colour a view of humanity, but there are certain discriminations that cannot and should not be accepted as “right” due to their cultural inheritance.
    Perhaps this is a good springboard from which societies may have a common frame of reference for dialogue and debate. Nothing wrong with that.

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