Universal Human Rights

Hi Everyone,

Today is the 58th Presidential Inauguration at noon in Washington, D.C. We discussed the meaning of the word inauguration (noun) : the beginning or introduction of a system, policy or period : the formal admission of someone to office. Today, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. He  will be sworn in by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts. For American democracy this is an historic day, as we elect a president every four years and it is a symbol of our government by and for the people.

Today’s topic was universal human rights as written in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Image result for universal declaration of human rights

This declaration was written in 1948 by the United Nations, following World War II. It was created to insure that all people were given a set of inalienable rights to preserve and protect basic human freedoms. We watched this video which describes the Declaration and some of its advantages and disadvantages.

We discussed the information from the video and some of the problems with enforcing and policing abuses of these human rights. Because this is a declaration and not law, the means to address violations are weak. There are non-profit organizations, like Amnesty International that defends human rights throughout the world, through humanitarian and other actions. Here is a video that describes the 30 universal human rights. 

We then looked at some images of different types of human rights and global issues and discussed them.

{We cut class short and watched Donald Trump take the oath of office and part of his inaugural speech}.

Remember to relax and practice!

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