Wednesday, December 10, 2008

60th Anniversary of Human Rights

Today the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 60. The declaration codifies what 'the society regards as the basic rights of 'being human'. I am sure we will see more talk about a Bill of Rights for Australia today (see here). The full text of the Declaration is available here.

I would like to see talk of our rights match with talk of our responsibilities - what we are accountable for; rather than what we are entitled too.


  1. I'm inclined to think rights are for other people. That is, they're an obligation for me and a right for everyone else.

  2. Thanks, I think that's a helpful way of looking at it. Sometimes it seems the focus is on what we are owed, rather than what we owe.