Human Rights and its Articulation

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If one lives in an environment where the idea of Human Rights hasn’t arisen, then human rights don’t exist. They only exist for those who might want to have them, and for those who do have them, and for systems that deliver them. But we live in a time now where most countries in the world are Members of the United Nations. And the United Nations is the keeper, where these human rights are held and articulated. So we have an international system that is the public international legal system. It is the system of the United Nations Declaration on human rights, United Nations human rights treaties, and international covenants. Two main international covenants are International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights. Most countries of the world have signed on to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and have signed onto those two major Covenants. And many countries of the United Nations have signed onto the nine major international human rights treaties that sit underneath that Declaration and those Covenants. But that doesn’t mean that every person, in all of those countries, either knows about those human rights, or even knows that its government has signed on to those human rights treaties and covenants, or that those governments that have signed on to those international documents, in fact, is conveying those human rights to people.

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