Human Rights in the US | Laws & Policies

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was approved 65 years ago by the United Nations (UDHR). The UDHR was created to fulfill the 50 founding members of the United Nations Charter’s commitments in San Francisco to promote and affirm “their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, and in the equal rights of men and women,” as well as to “promote social progress and better standards of life in greater freedom.”

The United States continues to lead the world in key areas of human rights without a doubt. The current administration, for example, has been a vocal supporter of LGBT equality, human trafficking, religious liberty, and the right to peaceful assembly.

However, although certain US laws and policies have made significant progress in defending civil rights and freedoms, others have not.
The United States has lagged behind in defending the UDHR’s universal human rights. Our government has only a few options.

Accepted these rights only in part and selectively, neglecting international duties and expanding the gap between the rich and the poor.
The promise of the United States, which dates back 65 years, and its own contemporary practice.

Discrimination in Human Rights

Whereas the recognition of all members of the human family’s inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights is the cornerstone of world freedom, justice, and peace,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbaric acts that have outraged humanity’s conscience, and the emergence of a world in which human beings enjoy the freedom of speech and belief, as well as freedom from fear and want, has been declared as the highest aspiration of the common people, peoples of the United Nations have reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, and in men’s and women’s equal rights in the Charter, and have resolved to promote social progress and higher living standards in greater freedom,

Whereas, for the full realization of this pledge, a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is critical.

Actions in Support of Human Rights

However, the US has a long history of positive international action in support of human rights. Following World War I, US President Woodrow Wilson advocated for national self-determination and international protection of minorities.

The United States was a pioneer in decolonization, granting the Philippines independence in 1946. With the end of the Cold War, the US has risen to the forefront of multilateral human rights and humanitarian initiatives in Somalia, Sudan, Haiti, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and other
countries.

Sovereignty of the State

“In accordance with the United Nations’ purposes and principles, including the purpose of international cooperation, the promotion and protection of all rights and fundamental freedoms must be considered a priority objective of the United Nations.” The promotion and protection of all human rights is a legitimate concern of the international community within the context of these purposes and principles.”

“Resolutions adopted during special sessions on Libya (see A/HRC/RES/S-15/1) and Syria (see A/HRC/RES/S-15/1) were the first instances in which the United Nations Human Rights Council called on a State to meet “its responsibility to protect its population.”

HRC/RES/S-18/1). Three Human Rights Council resolutions – A/HRC/RES/19/22, A/HRC/RES/19/23, and A/HRC/RES/19/24 –

A/HRC/RES/20/22 and A/HRC/RES/21/26 – take things a step further, stating that “the

The Syrian authorities have clearly failed in their duty to protect the Syrian people.”

This isn’t a brand-new sensation for many of us. We must learn from what happened forty or fifty years ago if we are to fully realize the promise of human rights this time around. I can speak from personal experience in this area.

Freedom of Movement

Every individual residing lawfully in a country has the right to travel freely and select a place of residence anywhere on that country’s territory, as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This right should be safeguarded against both.

Thought, conscience, and religious liberty are all protected by the Constitution
Even during a state of emergency, the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion cannot be curtailed. The freedom to establish one’s own thoughts, views, conscience, convictions, and beliefs, known as the forum internum, is an absolute right safeguarded against any type of state interference, such as indoctrination (“brainwashing”).

Freedom of Opinion and Expression

The right to hold ideas is passive by nature and constitutes ultimate freedom: the ICCPR makes no exceptions or limitations to its enjoyment. On the other hand, the right to express oneself is not absolute.
The right to free expression, as well as the right to assemble and associate, is a cornerstone of a democratic society. Democracy cannot be realized without the free flow of ideas and information, as well as the ability for people to come together, express and discuss their ideas, criticize and make demands, defend their interests and rights, and form organizations to do so, such as trade unions and political parties.

George Mandell

George Mandell Launching 2nd career in Public Policy after 25+ years in mortgage banking. - Trying to give back and make things right. Completed MPA degree in 2017. I would like to work for the Biden-Harris Administration Digital Information Team, The Meidas Touch, the DNC, or others of similar viewpoints. Battling Republican disinformation, corruption, and conspiracy theories are critical to winning the 2022 Midterms. So Democrats can Build Back Better. And not have the USA slide backward under Republican leadership.

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