Sources of Human Rights

Human Rights Attorney

Human rights are different depending on who you ask. Behavior and Rights are interconnected. Because as Eleanor Roosevelt said “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seek equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."[1] Thank you for reading my article, I am a Human Rights Attorney.

Sources of Law:

Consequently, the Human Right to Dignity, Due Process and Equal Protection of Laws is found in the Universal Declaration of Human rights and its Articles. Furthermore, the U.N.  Charter is considered the lynchpin of post WWII international law.[2] Also, the following sources are international law as well:

  1. International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination,
  2. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
  3. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
  4. Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against women,
  5. Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,
  6. Convention on the rights of the child,
  7. International convention on the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families,
  8. International convention for the protection of all persons from enforced disappearance and Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.[3]


Human Rights however, go back further than those documents. The origins of modern human rights are from “moral nature.”[4] For example, Islam at its original inception was more humane then the previous practice in Arabic nations. When considering Islam’s predecessor (or what the Arab people previously practiced), Islam made significant steps forward with consideration to human rights.[5] However, it is still lacking the physical treatment of women amongst other matters.[6]

Community Culture:

Cultural relativism is an important consideration whenever we think about human rights because in parts of the world women are concerned with the effects of FGM while in others its freedom of speech. For example, in some parts of Africa women are having their human rights violated by being forced to be cut in the vagina at puberty.[7] While in other parts of the world, for example the U.S., we are concerned with privacy like the U.S. governments perverse malignant manipulation of Courts and judges that just rubber stamp whatever your local constitutional violating law enforcement officer wants.[8] Just because “a violation does not occur in public, it is not considered a human rights issue” is an absurd notion for all rights violations.[9]

In Contrast, the dichotomy is clear that some parts of the world’s struggles are not really fathomable by others. Some are concerned with bodily mutilation while others about being spied on while in the shower. Cultural relativism is “theory that there is infinite cultural diversity and that all cultural practices are equally valid.”[10] “the principles that we may use for judging behavior or anything else are relative to the culture in which we are raised.”[11]

“Universalism posits that all humans have the same fundamental rights and freedoms regardless of where they reside or what their cultural background is.”[12] For example, due process is a fundamental human right that the government is not supposed to take from you without a full fair and final hearing on a matter. The U.S. government currently violates human rights related to Due process left and right.

Christian Bible:

Finally, Due process, dignity and equal protection of the law are something that the U.S. government does not respect. Equal protection of the law should allow all who are charged with any crime privacy unless they are proven guilty in a Court of law. Subsequently, anything less is human rights violation. These rights are basic and universal. It is unbiblical, for“You shall not show partiality in judgement; you shall hear the small as well as the great you shall not be afraid in any man’s presence for the judgement is God’s.”[13] Biblical “Equality” means equality of opportunity for God’s justice for all, this is a universal principle. Thank you for reading my article, I am a Human Rights Attorney.

[1] Eleanor Roosevelt, Member of the Drafting Committee on the Bill of Human Rights, 1958

[2] David Weissbrodt, Jena Martin and Frank Newman, International Human Rights: Law, Policy and Process, 5th Ed. 117 (2021).

[3] Supra Note 2 at 105

[4] Supra Note 2 at 36 and 48.

[5] Supra Note 2 at 67

[6] Id.

[7] Supra Note 2 at 25

[8] Supra Note 2 at 51; Judiciary Committee Releases Key Material Related to FISA Abuse Investigation, The Senate Judiciary Committee 116th Cong. (April 16, 2020).

[9] Supra Note 2 at 51

[10] Supra Note 2 at 54

[11] Supra Note 2 at 54

[12] Supra Note 2 at 75

[13] Deuteronomy 1:17 (king James)

Human Rights Attorney:

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