Monday, December 10 marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and with it a chance to celebrate the advancements made because of the landmark document. Many took to social media on Monday, sharing photos, videos and threads reflecting on how far we’ve come in the area of human rights, as well as the ways in people’s rights are still violated today. The History of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights The document was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948, in the aftermath of both world wars. The Universal Declaration marked the first time that nations came together and agreed on a comprehensive set of absolute human rights. The declaration encompassed rights which the diverse council who drafted it believed each
Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, is arbitrarily held in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, the UN’s Group on Arbitrary Detention said earlier on Thursday. Mr Assange took asylum in the embassy in 2012, after Sweden issued an international warrant for sexual abuse. He has always said the sexual abuse was a pretext to extradite him to the U.S. The real reason, in his words, was the reveal of top-secret files in the Wikileaks affair. The UN panel, whose work will be published on Friday, states: “Mr Assange has been deprived of his liberty in an arbitrary manner for an unacceptable length of time.” Mr Assange’s lawyers instantly asked the UK to respect the sentence, unless legally unbinding, and free their assisted. The UN Human Rights account also tweeted a video explaining
Saudi Arabia was one of the last standing Arabic nations that still denied women a right to vote. That all changed on December 12th of this year. Their reigning monarch, King Abdullah had announced in the previous elections of 2011 that come 2015 women would be able to vote and apply to be candidates for elections as well. The country has come a long way with this recent development but they still do have a long way to go. Saudi Arabian women still have many restrictions such as not being allowed to drive and their ‘guardian’ who can be any male related to them, can prevent them from working, travelling, opening a bank account or getting married. This brings us to the topic of women’s suffrage throughout the ages. Woman suffrage is also known as women’s right to vote and is one th
February marks the fourth anniversary of the beginning of a bloody uprising against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year rule. Although the UK, with US and NATO allies have spent billions of dollars helping Libyan militias overthrow, and kill Gaddafi, today the country is a failed state. Should the UK intervene to turn this around? Reporter: Hussein Abdel Fattah Sub Editor: Danae Dimitrakopoulos Diz The war that costed the UK £230-260 million back in 2011 ended with another ongoing four years of civil war, leading the oil-rich North Africa into civil war and chaos. “Concerns are growing among the international community that terror groups will take advantage of this chaos to strengthen their presence in Libya” says Jason Pack, a Libya analyst and head of Libya-analysis.com.