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Dishonoring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ 70th Anniversary
by Larry Wines
onday marks the 70th anniversary of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Around the world, a special flag will be flown today — not so much to celebrate as to remind.
To remind, because…
To remind, because ALL of those things still continue in our world that is inexcusably fond of denying it.
And if learning there are — within United States government-run "Immigrant Detention Facilities” — lice-infested, flu-ridden, vomiting sick children, with infants left solely in their care, with no showers and no soap and no running water and an open bucket in the middle of a crowded cell as the only toilet; and that many of these children and infants are sleeping on concrete floors;
hile you are giving them a piece of your mind, ask them if they are ready to “Repeal section 1325” of the Immigration and Naturalization Code. It’s the section that allows these incarcerations to happen.
It's especially relevant that today marks another anniversary. It is the birthday of the late Norman Cousins, author, editor, journalist and professor. Born June 24, 1915, he died in 1990. That's relevant because among the things he said and wrote is this:
"All men -- whether they go by the name of Americans or Russians or Chinese or British or Malayans or Indians or Africans -- have obligations to one another that transcend their obligations to their sovereign societies."
Thus the challenge for any citizen to obey the laws of his or her society, and reconcile that unconscious obedience with the conscious obligation to the least of our brethren and to all of humankind — as expressed in our best and highest obligations, including the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights," adopted while every society was forced to extract meaning and direction in the wake of World War II.
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