Tuesday, 8 December 2009

You have RIGHTS!

If you’re human and living on this planet, you have a number of human rights. You don’t have to apply for them- they’re yours just because you’re living. No one can take your human rights away.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has enshrined thirty rights which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10th 1948. This “most translated document” gives each and every human being a number of rights which should not be denied by any authority.
All human beings are born free and equal and is entitled to each and every right without distinction of any kind (Human Rights 1 & 2); No one shall be held in slavery or subjected to torture (Human Rights 4 & 5); Everyone has the right for freedom of movement and to seek asylum (Human Rights 13 & 14)…and so on.

What is the significance of this Declaration?

It binds humanity into one family of beings which have certain requirements for them to live peacefully. If such requirements such as food and shelter (Human Right 25) are not met then efforts to make this world a better place would be futile. It is only through the provision of right conditions for the inhabitants of this planet that make our other efforts to safeguard jobs, explore new boundaries and build glorious cities worth a try. And the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ensures just that. Such is its importance. Although it may be argued that its enforcement is far from satisfactory, it’s a vital tool to ensure that each and every individual on Earth is treated fairly no matter in which corner he/she is found.

What can you do?

"Because you have a right to know!"

Educate yourself on these human rights so that you can be an educated voice when confronted with a breach of one of them. Do not think that Malta, or any country for that matter, does not have any cases of human rights breaches. We have come a long way but still have a long way to go!
Because it is only when each and every human right is upheld and strived for by each authority and each world citizen that we can live in harmony with each other.

For this occasion, Greenhouse is organizing two events on the 10th of December: Human Rights Day.

At 10am Greenhouse will be organizing a debate on the subject of ‘Interfaith Dialogue’ with the title: ‘Christianity and Islam: is the difference so obvious?’ This will be a good opportunity to understand further these two religions in the hope that tolerance is instilled, discrimination avoided and dialogue enhanced. Exponents from both religions will be present to share their views.

At 1:30pm a series of short videos and interviews will be aired on a big screen so that a more thorough understanding of each and every human right is sought. The interviewees include local people who, in some way or another, are working for the upholding of a particular human right.



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