National Human Rights Month

December is a Universal Human Rights Month. It commemorates a common standard and fundamental human rights to be protected by all. Following the World War II, the atrocities committed to the people had to be addressed and prevent similar occurences from happening in the future. In response to the horrors of the WWII, the United Nationsl General Assembly, comprised of the representatives from different legal and cultural backgrounds, came together and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in Paris on December 10, 1948. 

This was the first time ever where an inherent and inalienable human rights were proclaimed and were set as a standardized practice for all human kind. Since then, December has been recognized as the Universal Human Rights Month. Even though turmoil and atrocities to human beings continue to exist today, it is important for all of us to remember that all human beings were born into the same world and no matter what race, religion, culture and beliefs we may have, we should never forget the following.

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."

It is time for us to start living up to the standard and treat everyone else the way you want to be treated by others. If we start treating people with respect and dignity, the world will be a much happier place with an unwavering foundation on freedom, justice and peace.