DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: RIGHT TO NATIONALITY AND LEISURE

Fatima BrimahBy Fatima Brimah, Intern in SNDatUN Office  

The United Nations’ purpose is to bring peace to all nations of the world. The human rights declaration was documented by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of US president Franklin D. Roosevelt, and declares the rights that every human being all around the world should have.

nationality

Graphic by Octavio Roth

My first favorite United Nations Declaration of Human Rights article says that “everyone has the right to a nationality. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.” Talk about people being citizens of the world! Even though people are citizens of a country, they are also citizens of the world. The world is now a global village. It belongs to everyone. No one should feel confined or restricted by their citizenship in one state. If the beliefs, values and traditions no longer serve their interests or impose on what they believe in, they should have the autonomy to move to a different land and embrace it. As long as they aren’t leaving to cause harm or danger to that land they should be welcomed. Every citizen has the right to vote and to own a passport. Every country has a constitution that contains rights of citizens used to govern the country.

leisure

Graphic by Octavio Roth

My second favorite United Nations Human Right is “everyone has the right to rest and leisure including reasonable limitations of working hours and periodic holidays with pay. “. This quote is self explanatory. Everyone is entitled to holidays, paid holidays for that matter. No one should over work and not rest. Paid holidays are necessary. It will serve an incentive that motivates people to work better. Every human being is entitled to the right to leisure which includes the right to play, learn, and enjoy the community’s recreation centers.

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