Human Rights — Article Fifteen

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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 15.

(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

This seems obvious in this age of nations. One of the fundamental attributes of a person is their nationality. It’s not a given, though. There is always the threat of disenfranchisement, and article 15 is meant to prevent that. We are all entitled to have, keep or change our nationality.

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Sunward — Front Matter – Back Matter

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I always forget about this stuff when I’m writing the novel. It’s only when I get to the point where it’s ready to convert that I remember that I have to put this stuff in. That would be things like the copyright notice and the acknowledgements in the front of the book, and the more personal stuff at the back. Then there’s the blurb. So I’ll get this done, then I can finish up, right? Oh, yeah, wait. The cover. I have to create the cover, then it’ll be ready. And the ISBN. Mustn’t forget the ISBN. Nobody will take a book seriously if it doesn’t have one of those.

Okay. I’ll be right back. Just need to do a few things …

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Sunward — Epilogue

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I have finished the epilogue to the novel, Sunward, and stitched it onto the end of the book. That completes the Plainsrunner trilogy, comprising the novels The Plainsrunner, The Prime, and finally, Sunward. I’ll spend the rest of this week editing and polishing the epilogue before beginning the process of conversion into ebook forms.

This one comes in at over seventy-five thousand words. I was aiming for seventy thousand, so I guess that’s not bad. The next one will be shorter, I promise.

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Sunward Ready for Conversion

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The proofreading and editing is done and now comes the scary part, when I declare it ready for conversion to ebook form. That means I have to feel sure that it is well-polished enough to release into the world where everyone can see it. You just have to tell yourself that it’s fine and you haven’t left anything that will cause the world to point at you and laugh.

Next week I will complete the epilogue and tack it on, then convert it to PDF, ePub and Mobi, with an appropriate cover image of course. Once that’s done, it will be on to the audio recording.

Some time before the end of the year I will take some time off.

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Human Rights — Article Fourteen

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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 14.

(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

This article says that if you are being persecuted in your own country, then you have the right to seek asylum in other countries. While this stops short of preventing abuses within a country, it at least provides the possibility of escaping and seeking sanctuary elsewhere.

Part 2 of the article makes it clear that it doesn’t apply to genuine criminals.

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