Overview

Freedom by Michael Doven

Freedom by Michael Doven

Ratified by member nations, the UDHR has become the world’s keystone document for human rights. In the United States, while we have to be ever-vigilant, we are provided many of these human rights in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. In many countries and for billions of people, the UDHR is the only complete basis for human rights protection.

In Michael’s many environmental trips around the world, he witnessed basic fundamental human rights being violated: indigenous peoples losing their homes to the clear-cutting of rainforests or the construction of hydro-electric plants or the wholesale pollution of drinking water sources. These all violate one of the most basic tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; a safe place to live.

Burning rainforests

The highest cultural zenith in world history, the Golden Age of Greece, had at its core and foundation, above all else – tolerance. Dynamic economic, social and cultural advances in Mankind all have the same road marker – tolerance.

Periods of the greatest strife, war, social and cultural stifle and decay, regressions all have one thing in common – intolerance. See book, Tolerance by Hendrik Van Loon.

Artists for Human RIghts Washington Human Trafficking Effect. Michael Wisner, Anne Archer, Dennis Bridges, President of Whitman College, Donna Isham

Artists for Human RIghts Washington Human Trafficking Effect. Michael Wisner, Anne Archer, Dennis Bridges, President of Whitman College, Donna Isham

In 1948 Eleanor Roosevelt assisted a collation of world leaders in crafting what has become the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). “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 seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler

Concentration Camp

Concentration Camp

Spanish Inquisition

Spanish Inquisition

The Sudanese Government’s Ongoing Attacks on Civilians and Human Rights

The Sudanese Government’s Ongoing Attacks on Civilians and Human Rights

Crimes against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces

Crimes against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces