So the question is “what we can do for human rights“.  International Human rights day will be celebrated on the 10th of December. So that we can raise the issues of human rights. In our society, women face issues like rape, men have different issues, so how can we solve these issues. So the answer to “what we can do for human rights” is that we can help each other to solve all the issues. There are some points which we can do in favor of human rights. Humans are the best creature in this word so we should think about the issues of human rights. So here we are going to share the list of basic human rights.

People constantly ask me what they can do to support human rights on a regular basis.  If you’re looking for suggestions, what better time than today, the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?  On December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly approved the document’s preamble and 30 articles, with the hope that people of the world would adhere to these principles.  While not binding and while Canada was at first reluctant to support the Declaration, our country became a signatory to this important document.

Story Of Nelson Mandela

If you read on and decide there is even one thing you can do, leading up to Christmas or throughout the year, I’d like you to consider it in light of the world mourns the death of Nelson Mandela.  Among other hardships he faced leading to his arrest in 1962, he stayed in prison until 1990. In other words, this man made the kind of personal sacrifice that we could never dream of. Never. So when you decide you want to do something about human rights, you can do something easy, but if it’s something with the slightest of sacrifice, don’t let that deter you.  Let’s just look at a few actions you can take, based on the wording of just two articles.

basic human rights list

Basic Human Rights List

Fair working conditions:

Christmas shopping.  The consumer has so much clout in our system so your spending habits can and will make a difference.  Take a look at the labels. Many countries with horrible human rights records don’t manufacture anything which makes its way to Canada.  But there are plenty of countries considered Canada’s good trading friends, yet have horrible rights records. Take China. Unless I absolutely need something (not want, not nice to have) and can’t get it made in another country, I don’t buy a product made in China.  There are some pretty great clothes and nifty gadgets I’d love to own, but I just don’t do it. Period.

Once you get it into your head that your purchase supports a system of slavery (yes slaves make goods for Westerners in China), flouting human rights, horrible working conditions for those not in slave camps, corruption beyond belief and a regulatory system that is supported by bribery, then it makes it a bit easier to move to another item, or to find a store where it’s not all “made in China”.

If you get overwhelmed by how many countries around the world do horrible things, one of the easiest things you can do is buy locally or buy from countries in which there is a good legal system.  While corruption and bribery can happen anywhere, in Western countries (at least), you know that if a building collapses, or if laws are broken, usually someone will be held to account.  Not always, but, most of the time.

Freedom of religion

Quebec’s new proposed Charter.  The proposed law in Quebec is such an obvious violation of religious freedoms, and the Charter of Rights & Freedoms, Canadians who care must speak up (nut shell:  public servants wearing “visible religious symbols” will lose their jobs). If you have kids, do this as a family project if you want. If this is just a political ploy by the government to move from a minority to a majority government with this divisive law, the Premier of Quebec might not give a tinkers damn about you.

 That is the case, talk the language all politicians understand:  the language of money. For me, I will not so much as change planes in Quebec if this law is passed. And I know I won’t be alone. If this law passes, all kinds of organizations will be cancelling conventions because of internal and external pressures. So write the premier before this gets passed and let her know you won’t be coming to Quebec, but you’ll also be telling people with money and meetings to stay away as well.

It has happened elsewhere.  In November 1992, the people of Colorado passed a plebiscite to discriminate against gays and lesbians.  Eventually the Supreme Court of the U.S. overturned the law, but in the years until that was done, Colorado suffered real financial consequences when all kinds of meetings and conventions were cancelled.  People also stayed away from the winter playground the state provides. I guess the people of Colorado had a change of heart because while gay marriage is not law, civil unions for same-sex couples is.

Help those who pick the fights we can’t:

Here’s the main reason my partner, Jack and I contribute to the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Amnesty International every month.  They do the work I can’t do. Yes, I write some letters through Amnesty’s monthly bulletins and I call up the office of a Canadian politician over certain issues, but sometimes you need a legal challenge to keep our own governments from violating our basic rights.  It’s great to know certain organizations have the paid expert staff to look over issues and decide what needs to be shouted from the roof tops and which need to be challenged in court.

 And by the way, while the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is another good organization to contribute towards, surprisingly the B.C.C.L.A. has way more staff who deal with, and partner with other organizations to take on national issues, not just in B.C.

These suggestions are only a few of what you can do every day.  We doubt the impact we have until we realize that if enough of us take on issues, we get positive results.  On this day where people all over the world celebrate the hope of improved human rights, it’s nice to turn thoughts into actions…but only if we want a more just society.

Willis:

Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention another thing you can do to support rights…in this case, animal rights.  Our dog Willis was born on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration, making him 5 years old today. Here he with 2 of his favourite things – his friend Ben and his ball.  While Willis doesn’t know it’s his birthday (come on, I’m loopy for my dog, but after all, he’s still a dog), we always think about how lucky this dog is, and how so many people don’t have as good a life as he does.  So as the year ends and our tax year ends, it’s easier to do the right thing and know a tax refund is only a few months away, for human and animal rights.