Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
Also see Human Rights page
Often we hear the question "how do you put the PeopleCare Ethic into practice"?
1) This whole course is an answer to that question (we design a better world, for all species),
2) This whole first module of PeopleCare is a more specific answer to that (it's about understanding why we are as irrational (= hurtful to each other) as we are and what immediate re-designs to make in order to collect the maximum collective intelligence from a group.
3) But if we want something even more tangible, immediate and basic, we could do very well just by focusing on trying to implement this charter of Basic Human Rights in our daily lives ... and notice it's not as easy as we might think.
We've highlighted here:
In blue the parts that we violate often on a daily basis. Eg. when we engage (that means give out or listen to without opposing) in such common acts as ignoring people, spreading malicious gossip, put-downs or simple lacks of kindness & consideration. We often do this, even amongst permaculture designers / social activists, etc.
In pink the parts that are probably contradictory (they are considered by some to be unnecessary additions which in fact contradict other parts of this same declaration, highlighted in green where they are part of the same paragraph)
In gray the parts that are the main points or particularly important for other reasons.
As permaculture designers we aim to replace the oppressive systems, structures & environments (including myths, cultures & all the assumptions and models that come with those) that impede the realization of the ideals of this charter.