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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

March 23, 2009

Soon I’ll be writing about how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights impacts upon the way journalists should report, and how they should report the conflict and human rights abuses in DR Congo. For now, here’s a great short video outlining the declaration. It’s something every single individual on this planet should know about:

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. zebrambizi permalink
    March 24, 2009 6:52 am

    As your blog is exceptionally good, I have put you in my links. By the way the African Union has an African Human Rights Charter based on the UN version but it’s still a piece of paper to the AU.

    • Simon permalink*
      March 24, 2009 9:49 am

      Hi, thanks for your support. Yeah these charters exist over all regions of the world (EU, Middle East etc.) but yeah, they are only worth as much as how much the state’s believe in them. Sadly, all over the world we’re seeing that human rights mean little to a majority of the states.

  2. March 24, 2009 10:57 pm

    Human rights may mean little to states now but they do provide a language of empowerment to demand change. I’m excited to read what you write about how HR language can impact the way journalists report on situations like the ongoing violence in DR Congo.

  3. Simon permalink*
    March 24, 2009 11:11 pm

    Thanks for your comment Brook, this is an interesting concept which I shall look into. Off the bat, i’d suggest that journalism should report stories based on a common moral standard: one based on the UDHR for example.

    Anyway, I’ll think about this. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know!

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