I would like to take some time out to talk about human rights day, which is ………today.
Unlike many other secular celebrations, this one is of great significance to every man, woman and child on this planet.
In short, if you’re human, then this is a celebration for you.
To explain with relative brevity, here is an explanation from the mouth of the wikipedia dragon:
The date (1oth December) was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly‘s adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights. The commemoration was established in 1950, when the General Assembly invited all states and interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
With so many human rights abuses still continuing in our world, I would be foolish to not mention one that may go unnoticed.
The number of Baha’is in Iran number around 300,000 people making them the largest religious minority in Iran by a large margin.
I myself have had family members who were denied the right to education in Iran, and had I stayed there, I too would have been subjected to the same injustices.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that ‘everyone has the right to education,’ in addition to the having the freedom to practice a religion of one’s choosing.
Whilst both of these are being flagrantly disregarded in Iran, it has not gone unnoticed by the west, and in yesterday’s London Times Newspaper, an open letter for Human Rights Day was published about the access to education in Iran signed by 17 prominent academics, lawyers, church leaders, journalists and other activists.
It is really impressive that prominent academics, lawyers, church leaders, journalists all have united on this issue.
Lets not let Human Rights abuses continue to go unnoticed.
Education is the right of all.
I’ll leave you with two quotes on education from the founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u'llah:
Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.
Arts, crafts and sciences uplift the world of being, and are conducive to its exaltation. Knowledge is as wings to man’s life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent upon everyone.