This is my personal statement, inspired by the declaration of the UN General Assembly Resolution 217A (III) of 10 December 1948. I would encourage people to consider writing their own or adapting and sharing this.
To read the original U.N. version, Click here.
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS AGANIST BARBARISM
In light of the cruel
disregard for human rights that pervades history, and because of our
personal power to work together through enhanced communications, I propose
here a framework of basic human rights and urge people to find ways
to put this into widespread practice. There is no license to commit
acts of cruelty or destruction to humanity under any condition.
BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS & OBLIGATIONS : FREEDOM FROM SELF ANNIHILATION
must be erradicated, and it's apparatus adapted to more constructive purposes.
Every effort should be towards adapting the outmoded ideas of warfare,
cruelty, needless human bondage and sacrifice. There will be no instant
cure for all the world's problems, but allowing barbarous acts against
humanity can not be part of the solution. Spending the world's wealth
on war is counterproductive to the common good, and allowing exceptions
for any form of barbary is repulsive and unacceptable to the human collective
BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS & OBLIGATIONS : FREEDOM FROM INHUMANE ACTS
butchery, and the false laws that man writes to facilitate these acts
must be uncovered, abolished, and ignored. No one can be forced to maime
or kill another person or subjugate them to slavery.
Sometimes customs that survive for generations are in direct conflict with basic human rights. These include but are not limited to forced marriage, female or male castration, human sacrifice whether for religious or political goals. All of these acts against humanity are unequivocably condemed and forbidden. There are no exceptions.
Punishment for any crime against humanity can not condone or obligate a third party to further acts of inhumanity. It is understood that making third parties carry out acts of cruelty and inhumanity for society is, in itself, an act of cruelty and inhumnity by society as a whole. This must and can be erradicated.
Punishment should never inflict irreparable harm to
the body. Ideally, punishment should be self-inflicted by choice by
the guilty party. If the person does not recognise and accept their
guilt, either they are not guilty and you are mistaken or misguided,
or they have not learned yet and will not learn from the punishment.
Punishment is not a prize for the righteous to flaunt like a saber against
the "guilty". We must not turn ourselves into sadists. This
idea of "turning the other cheek" has it's practical application
here, because in most cases, punishment is a "lose-lose" situation.
Reparation is a better pursuit, a more constructive pursuit, because
no matter if a person is guilty or not, they may gain something positive
out of an act of repairing harm if the act of reparation does not in
itself cause injury in the providing. The goal is to end human suffering,
and punishment can not be a bonus or a reward or it becomes a corrupting
force in itself.
BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS & OBLIGATIONS : FREEDOM FROM CARRYING OUT CORRUPT ORDERS
It is understood that in times of crisis, a person or people, thinking they are serving a common good, may take measures to isolate people or persons they suspect or know are dangerous.
It must be acknowleged that everyone is capable of misunderstanding and misguidance, and no matter if one is a soldier, jailor, crusader, or theif, that no one has a right to torture or purposefully neglect to the point of danger and torment, another person.
Being a jailor, a judge, a president, a general, the eldest, or any position of leadership does not grant special priveledge to ignore human rights. We as a society can not allow, demand, encourage or reward sadistic acts.
It is better to leave your job when you feel under pressure to unduly sacrifice your health, than to keep your job and blame your boss for your untimely death. To aid in the protection from corruption in the workplace, there should be a "whistle-blower's registry". In light of the effectiveness of the FBI MOST WANTED LIST...if society can create networks to track and hunt criminals, it should be able to create one to protect people of good conscience who find themselves alone in identifying corruption.
BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS & OBLIGATIONS : SURVIVAL & SHARING
have a right to survive and attain and maintain health.
Society can not send people on a suicide mission, subject
them to poison,
People are not dispensible. We all have the same basic
Sharing contributes to a healthy society and as a community
we should include in the design of our infrastructure methods to encourage,
facilitate and recompense sharing.
BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS & OBLIGATIONS : FREEDOM OF THOUGHT
The right to think and express freely, without engaging in knowing libelous slander serves the goal of mental health and prosperity in a healthy society.
People have a right to be wrong, but not knowingly
untruthful to handicap and harm others.
When someone's expression of their beliefs is a challenge
to a society, local or global,
They can respond intellectually in debate,
People have a right to challenge society's ideas.
Society has a right and an obligation to assure security from militant or depraved abuse of the public's attention, but it is not the right of the public or it's agents to deny human rights to the author of unpopular ideas. Mental illness in a person or group of people is not a license to commit acts of cruelty or destruction.
BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS & OBLIGATIONS : FREEDOM OF FLIGHT
Situations of severe human crisis that cause people to take flight should be a catalyst for aid, education, intellectual and economic engagement to cure the corruption (whether natural or man made) which causes the flight. People in distress can not be treated like criminals.
To the extent that people have a right to privacy and personal choice in a private space, so communities have rights to protect resources of common use. At some point it does become criminal to withold basic needs to desparate people, and it is the obligation of society to work together to recognise and deal with that challenge, not to blindly label people in need as threatening criminal invaders and ignore the problem to the point where a revolution is necessary. As there is often a surplus of money, food, and every resource necessary for existance, there is no excuse to turn the hungry away empty handed. We need to re-tool society before it re-tools us. We need to better identify the flow of resources and surplus to better offer comfort stations where they are needed. As a world community, we should prepare for this, not wait for disaster to happen. The money we now spend on war we could spend on maintaining and encouraging peace. Countries should wean themselves off of military destruction and retool for military hospitality.
BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS & OBLIGATIONS :
FREEDOM FROM PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL SLAVERY
We need to learn and practice tolerance, but not subjugation.
No law of man may subjugate a person physically or mentally to participate in any acts of emotional or physical slavery. This includes but is not limited to marriage, military servitude, religious servitude, unwilling sexual orientation, forced and extended isolation. All people have a right to emotional honesty and freedom in their private and public life as long as it does not abuse another person's equal emotional freedom and rights.
No one should be forced to make their personal life public for purposes of serving in a public office. Persecuting a public figure for their personal life, when their personal choices do not infringe upon the rights of another, is a humane abuse and also a corruption of power, no matter if it is from or against an individual or a group.
No person or group, whether it is a private enterprise
or a public office, has the right to make an emotional slave of their
empolyees, or their leaders or bosses.