No matter, or what side of the globe you reside, Human rights are Inherent. If they were applied here in America , it would wipe out poverty and oppression of all people. Human rights go beyond our Constitutional rights, to saying every human being has a right to dignity, the basics of life, Go to the United Nations website and it gives you the impression that human rights are for only the un-developed countries.
It is no wonder when you mention Human Rights, in America, and most people think, Human Rights are for other countries, such as the third world nations. A couple of the 30 articles, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was carefully, and eloquently written, by Eleanor Roosevelt and others.
These articles has to do with slavery. America does not have slaves. Or do we? How many low wage workers are free to place a price upon this own labor? Are we not free, until we ourselves place a price on our toils?
Most perform their labor’s with the remuneration left to the whim of the employer. Of course there is a gentlemen’s agreement, not to exceed a certain rate of compensation.
What about our Sweat shops? Just because most people in them are immigrants, does not make them less valuable as humans. American workers are often are subjected to sweat shops conditions especially in clothing industry.
We need not impress non-paid laborers like Burma did, on the pipeline, .http://www.greenleft.org.au/1995/187/12019 , to have slave wages.
To keep workers silent American employers just need to not pay adequate wages needed for 70% of this countries working people. This gives the illusion of freedom, while up holding a capitalistic tenant of paying worker less than they need. It keeps them servant to employers. Workers world wide have No Voice on how much they will need to be paid.
US Senator Kennedy said "For of those to whom much is given, much is required."No one who works for a living, should live in poverty.
One example of when this happens is mostly women are driven to work -creating garments without pause. When in their bosses eyes, people are transformed to mere commodities of production, and the pay does not cover the cost of rent this is a form of slavery. These are the conditions were not only the employee losses their humanity, but the bosses loses their humanity.
Is every person who toils for less then the cost of rent and their modest bills an unrecognized slave? Is such a form of slavery?
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
Think about it 70% of jobs pay under the cost of living. We are free to find a better job. Only for our skill sets, the pay is about the same, bad. Being able to move from one badly paying job to another in many ways is the same as being an indentured servant. No our hands are not bind. We have our own homes, are own families but 70% +of all Americans are extremely to a little under paid.
The prices of rents varies from state to state a two bedroom t starts at $ 10.88 an hour for 40 hours in North Dakota And goes up to $29.53 an hour in Hawaii. So the minimum wage being increase to a purposed $9.20 an hour, in 2012, means, as a nation, no minimum wage person can pay their rent. Isn’t that the very definition of one form of slavery?
Giving workers enough to barely survive, but not enough to thrive, means employer can keep all their workers beholden to them. It means workers will not become their competition. The drudgery of their workers, will continue making profit for their bosses.
Knowing that Human Rights were accepted by the UN on Dec 10, 1948 only tells us that higher ideas of freedom have been around since before your grand mother day. Maybe its time we all explore our Human Rights in depth, to come to know then intimately. So we can yell when some one tramples them. Then tells us they are doing us a favor.
Most likely 90% of Americans do not know we signed that treaty, not in 1948. When are leaders said the constitution provides all of our freedoms. That was signed in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter. He signed that covenanted saying “Social justice advocates of today and in the future could us the UDHR to obtain a greater freedom.”
The second bill of rights was also for Americans So the Horrors of the second world war would NOT be repeated.
So do you think people worker sometimes extremely less than their need are in essence slaves? Is not Providing a decent wage akin to slavery is one of the many question We might dive into at this sight.
We will also examine, if lost of human right affects the affluent. And other areas of life and human rights as education, health care etc.