ANALYSING THE EFFECTUALITY OF ARTICLE 1 OF UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES
Article 1. 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.
Anyone living in this world can easily observe in-justice around them at a national and international level. One of most prominent violations is related to Human Rights. Countries have defined Human Rights laws in their Constitutions and have setup government functions to monitor the implementation of these laws along with mechanisms for stopping violations. However, in one form or the other, people are being deprived of their fundamental, universally accepted Rights. United Nations as an international organisation with nearly 200 member states have tried to do its part in setting standards and getting the states to understand and apply them, however with all the resources utilised it looks as if the harm being done is far greater than the good. This essay will look at the intended purpose of the UDHR, what Article 1 specifically aims at, how human rights laws are defined and managed in Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia as prominent Islamic states, how recent violations in these Muslim countries shows ineffectiveness of local and international laws and finally conclude with a view on Article 1’s effectuality. An anonymous public survey will also be carried out to get views from a range of people from different age groups and educational backgrounds.
Part of the essay is to get Anonymous views of others and I will be grateful if you can spare 10 mins to fill this short survey below. Full text of the Human Rights Declaration can be found in the link below. Thank you. Ali Jaffri
Deadline 12:00 pm Sunday 12th July 2020