Human Rights — Article Twenty-Five

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

Article 25.

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

We all have the right to adequate food, clothing, housing, medical care and social support. In addition, we have the right to support if we become unemployed, sick, disabled, widowed, old or anything else beyond our control. I think we can assume that the writers of this declaration didn’t mean for these rights to apply to people who suffer those setbacks deliberately.

These rights are especially directed at mothers and children, whether the mothers are married or not. This stipulation ensures that mothers and children can’t be punished merely for not being in a marriage.

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