In this topic, the core analysis is based on the conscious reasoning and social justice in regard to the chapters or articles contained in the UN document of the basic human rights. My specific goal here is to underscore the importance of these rights and at the same time, identify the flaws committed by the US government in carrying out its duty. The most surprising thing is that, as the world’s guard on socio-economic and political rights, it undermines the same basic human rights. It’s even confounding that as a major player in the final draft of these rights, it becomes one of the greatest violators of the same in an equal measure.
However, the United States of America has also contributed immensely towards full compliance of these rights. Its positive gesture in realization of the said rights cannot be ignored.
Because of the aforesaid, I, therefore, begin with how the US and its contemporary institutions contribute to these violations. Among the institutions that I intend to focus on are the Media, workplaces, economy and the education sector. The reason behind majoring in the mentioned parameters is the prevalence rate reports on the said institutions.
THE GENESIS OF BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS
The United States of America was the first country in the world to discern basic human privileges. These civil liberties were regarded as God given and, therefore, all human races are equally entitled to them. A good example may be the US president in 1776, Thomas Jefferson. He proposed the human rights philosophy, where all people should inherently have equal rights according to the Declaration of Independence. He went further to assert that ‘all men are equally created and are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights’. Jefferson detailed these privileges as, life, pursuit of happiness and liberty. Jefferson’s views made some people like Joseph J Ellis (Historian) to sum it, the declaration was the most quoted statements of basic human rights in the world’s history.
It is however worthy to note that, the basic human fundamental rights were adopted at a United Nations special general meeting, also known as the UN General Assembly in 1948; which was held after the Second World War. The principle focus was to safeguard human rights as a basic human need.