For the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), graphic artist, animator and video editor Seth Brau has created a four and a half minute video laying out the basic rights listed in the declaration.
The UDHR was created in response to the atrocities committed around the world in World War II, and it was adopted by the United Nations in 1948. In 1976 it was, as part of the International Bill of Human Rights, given the dubious force of international law after being ratified by a sufficient number of member nations.
The United States sadly did not ratify it until 1992, and our government was even then unwilling to actually put those laws into effect leaving the “ratification” as a very hollow show of support for the bill. For example, despite the fact that executions are outlawed by the bill, the US continues to execute prisoners making it the only western country to continue this barbaric practice.
Last year the US was 5th in the world in the number of executions carried out, officially trailing only China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and leading Iraq. Is this the group we should throw our lot in with, or should we follow the majority of the world and end this and other shameful abuses that continue to mar our reputation around the world?
For more information on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or to see a high quality version of the video, please visit the Human Rights Action Center.