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Make Universal Human Rights The Law

Help make Human Rights the Law

We, the Undersigned Citizens, hereby state:

THAT the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 as the first international recognition that all human beings are entitled to fundamental rights and freedoms which must be respected and protected by all nations of the world;

THAT the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Declaration are still not a reality for many, as human rights abuses constitute a worldwide problem and give rise to ethnic, racial and religious conflicts;

THAT we call on all governments and the entire public and private sector to ensure that the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Declaration are universally implemented and become a living reality;

THAT in order to ensure that the fundamental freedoms for everyone enshrined in the Declaration be known, understood and enjoyed by all everywhere, we call on all governments to make human rights education mandatory in schools and to conduct human rights education campaigns for all;

THAT we call on governments and public and private sector organizations to promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through education campaigns, events, broad publication and dissemination of the Declaration to children and adults throughout the world.

The United Nations Declaration on Universal Human Rights has existed as a reference document for approximately 62 years despite Universal Human Rights and Dignity are the essences of being. The US should join force with the UN and the global community to advance the document from a Declaration to an International Universal Human Rights binding treaty. Human rights no longer pertain only to individualism, race, ethnicity, gender, economical, social, civil, political, religion and cultural but also to environmental, migration, quality of life, and well being. Therefore, the fundamentals of human rights must evolve and be enforced along with Environment Protection and Rights treaty to adjust to such factors as continuous environment degradation, exploitation, pollution, and toxics; population increase; transformation of societies and people; and global warming and climate change. Obtaining a consensus treaty would be a historic landmark achievement for the global community and critical and urgent for continuing progress on civil rights, human rights, dignity, and well being in this nation and the world. And for bolstering efforts to support and advance global democracy, liberty, civil rights, peace, harmony, inclusiveness, diversity, pluralism, prosperity, security, universal human rights, dignity, and well being worldwide.

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Include The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights On Passports

Despite the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights is a fundamental human rights document, few global citizens are aware of its existence and importance.

Therefore, including the declaration in passports would raise global awareness, amplify its importance across societies and promote it as an official document.

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UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). December 18th, 2009, marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the treaty by the United Nations, and while 186 countries have ratified the convention, the United States remains one of only seven countries in the world that have not.

Ratification of the treaty is critical and urgent for continuing progress on women's and girls' rights in this nation and for bolstering efforts to support and advance women's rights as well as democracy, liberty, civil rights, universal human rights, dignity, and well being worldwide. Ratifying CEDAW would strengthen and advance the US Constitution, US leadership, this nation values, the common goods, and humanity goodness and virtues.

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The United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights established December, 1966 is a landmark treaty by the United Nations and the global communities to make economic, social, and cultural rights an integral part of society.

The US is one of six nations out of 160 nations that have not ratify the treaty. Currently, the United Nations is composed of approximately 193 nations. Ratifying the treaty can help the UN to revive or advance the process to include all states.

Ratification of the treaty is also critical and urgent for continuing progress (on both principles and actual) on civil rights, human rights, dignity, and well being in this nation; and for bolstering efforts to support and advance democracy, liberty, civil rights, universal human rights, dignity, and well being worldwide.

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UN Convention on the Rights of the Older Persons

UN Member States recognized “that persons, as they age, should enjoy a life of fulfillment, health, security and active participation in the economic, social, cultural and political life of their societies”. And they are determined “to enhance the recognition of the dignity of older persons and to eliminate all forms of neglect, abuse and violence” by committed approximately 8 years ago “to eliminating all forms of discrimination, including age discrimination”

Despite the announcement of commitment, in many parts of the world, the rights of older persons are being violated daily and in many instances, with impunity. Older persons often face age discrimination at a workplace and inequality in in health care and housing. In social and public environments, they may experience a lack of recognition and respect. They may be deprived of full inclusion and participation in social, economic, cultural, civil and political affairs. Tragically and disturbingly, in many countries, incidences of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation against older persons are not at all rare or isolated events.

Now is an opportunity to stimulate discussion and emancipate mind on promoting the rights of older persons and strengthen partnerships aimed at securing their full participation in communities and societies. Nations, states and the global community can redouble efforts and supports to realize the rights of older persons, and make the dream of a society for all ages a reality.

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The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in September 2007 is a landmark treaty by the United Nations and the global communities. Despite the efforts and progress, the United States is only one of a few nations that has not ratify this treaty. In addition, it is also necessary and appropriate for legislators to pass legislation to include native Hawaiian (in addition to any other indigenous group that have been outcasts or excluded) with indigenous status. And to recognize their rights and dignity as specify in the Declarations of Indigenous Rights and Universal Human Rights. Ratification of the treaty is critical and urgent for continuing progress on civil rights, human rights, dignity, and well being in this nation and for bolstering efforts to support and advance global democracy, liberty, justice, inclusiveness, diversity, pluralism, peace, harmony, security, the common good, environment protection/conservation/revival, prosperity, universal human rights, dignity, and well being worldwide.

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child November 20th, 1989, marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the treaty by the United Nations. However, The actual United Nations Declaration Of The Rights Of The Child is November, 20th, 1959, and while over the past 50 years all countries have ratified the convention, the United States remains one of only two countries in the world that have not. Ratification of the treaty is critical and urgent for continuing progress on children rights in this nation and for bolstering efforts to support and advance children rights as well as democracy, liberty, civil rights, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals,universal human rights, dignity, and well being worldwide. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child would strengthen and advance the US Constitution, US leadership, this nation values, the common goods, and humanity goodness and virtues.

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Global Well Being Index (Better Life Social and Environment Structures)

In order for humanity to evolve according to its potential and civilization to better advance, life essentials and necessities of people, families, communities, societies must be well provided and established and humanity or sentience common habitat well protected for present as well as future generations. There are many alternatives, however one of the most meaningful and effective solution is to establish a national as well as a global Well Being Index. The Well Being Index should be dynamically based on individual as well global collective aspirations, emancipation and dreams of people, families, communities, societies and humanity to advance well being and the common good. The Well Being Index would also serve as beneficial and effective tools for government and civil societies to collective analyze, manage, transform and advance societies for the better good of all.

Presently, Happiness Index are being used in many nations as tools of developing better means and environment for better living. However, the present global Happiness Index lack the essence of such as environment rights, life meanings and purposes, aspirations of a good life, emancipation of a better life, the vision of a better world and humanity and more or less focus on the parts rather on the whole. Happiness can be disguised, exaggerated or state of mind. Happiness can be also due to naiveness (also an attribute for happiness), unconsciousness or unawareness. People can be happy on the sufferings of others or while other suffers. Therefore, happiness is more subjective and does not imply well being and can be difficult to formalize and characterize. Well being parameters would include such as wealthy and health environment, good habitat, well developed physically and mentally, good nutrition, knowledgeable, intellect, freedom, democracy, peace, harmony, non-violence, meanings and purposes of existence, collective consciousness and awareness and the common good. Thus well being is more objective which can imply happiness and is much easier and realistic to formalize and characterize.

Recently, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in which the US is a member, has released a Better Life Index structure and data base http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/ for the better advancement of societies and well being.

We strongly urge the US government to support and collaborate with civil societies, institutions and communities in building a national Well Being Index based on the Better Life Index to properly or better support, serve and sustain the aspirations, emancipation and needs of people, families, communities and the nation and to advance the common good and life meaningful dimensions.

We also urge the US government to accelerate the support and collaboration with the UN, OECD and global alliance to build a Global Well Being Index (Better Life Index) for long lasting benefits to sentience and sentience humanity common habitat. The efforts could be included as part the UN and alliance initiative in building a Global Governance since the parameters and structures would strengthen, complement, advance and reflect UN charter, values, principles, conventions, international treaties and Millennium Goals very well.

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