Are all Human Rights Equal?
It’s essential to understand that human freedoms are rights a person possesses solely because he or she is an individual; they are the major entitlements or international criteria of living. As much as we can argue that we are born free and equal, there could also be contradictions to the argument. Some people may also argue that the notion of absolute human rights could be view as a form of “cultural imperialism.” Some may say, that these practices should not be force on others because it’s constructed in the West, making it a form of superiority towards non-Western cultures.
If all human rights were in fact fundamentally equal, there would be no constraint space for women’s right, the right to equal pay as men, and the right to fair treatment. All human rights are not, in fact, equal because some key members of the United Nations are still practicing hatred against their not so dominant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. These discriminations stretch from women to ethnic, tribal, religious minorities and people with disabilities, and even have statutes that explicitly authorize it.
When people can stay away from this believe that “human rights” practices is the White’s man burden then all human rights might, in fact, becomes progressive. If some societies, could start to understand that every soul is born free and entitled to life, liberty and prosperity then, of course, human rights could be Equal or Fundamentally Progressive. Human Rights lack some form of equity because we profess it as a doctrine in the West, but sometimes doesn’t upheld its standards.
From race relations within (America) our country to the profound hatred of the LGBTQ community. Equity within any modern society calls for accommodation.Which calls for the act of sacrifice, selflessness, and low assertiveness. When we are willing to give up our imposed inequitable practices that may perhaps be rooted in our belief systems, religions, traditions, and cultures in order to maintain a conscious relationship with our citizens, then we should be on the path of impartiality, rooted in simple reasoning.
Human Rights practices around the world and within this country (America) could be open into revisions. Because sometimes what we preached and wants to impose on others, we do not practice. We must first better our home, before bettering others. Within our Western constructed society, we must first understand that equity is not a race, culture, creed or ethnic thing. It’s not dogmatic, but impartial. And if we really want “Racial Harmony” in this country; it is the time we start judging individuals by the standards of their behaviors and by the criteria of the law, not by the pigmentation of their skin or the past sins or struggles of their forefathers.
Then, if we as the enlighten ones could understand this manifestation of equity, then we can become the light to the world. After reading our weekly reads, I come to realize that around the globe human rights practices takes on many forms and traditions. These forms and traditions should be respected and incorporated as the norm. Because when we accept “differences” we leave space for growth on all the issues our world face.
By Henry Johnson Jr on Sep 21 at 11:01am