There has always been constant talk about human rights that most of us probably know most of these rights by heart. Which is ironic since, most people can’t really spot basic human rights violations when they see them. This is why we have chosen three of the most commonly overlooked rights to start you off on your path to awareness.
The Right to Water
One of the most common rights that are usually overlooked in most parts of the world is the right to water. As simple as the term is, it is quite extensive. So, what does it mean? Well, according to the United Nations, it is the right to a safe, sufficient, affordable, acceptable, and physically accessible. So, technically, every time a factory dumps their wastes in a water source, they are breaking an international human right. Not not mention, whenever water gets cut off all of a sudden. Now, while we may think that the developed world doesn’t have clear violations of the right to water, this isn’t true. The thing is, within the developed world, it is easy to hide these violations.
The Right to Counsel
Everyone has the right to counsel and this is important to seek if you notice that your rights are being violated. If you’d like to seek council it is important to visit a law office so you can understand better what is your individual rights and your family’s as well. According to attorney Robert Thomas, some lawyers take pride in assisting families in distress. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to resort to legal procedures against any interference.
This right is quite a critical one that breeds many conflicts. It is important that you fully understand that right because knowledge is how you fight violations. According to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,public authorities are not allowed to interfere with a family’s right unless there is some sort of freedom violation or abuse or security threat. So, in case of a breach in human rights, don’t hesitate to stand up for yourself.
The Rights at Work
We all talk about how it is hard to make ends meet; how the hours are too long and the pay is too little. In fact, it has become the norm; which shouldn’t be the case. According to Labor rights, individuals maintain the right to minimum wages. Which means that if you’re working for the normal number of hours during a day, you should be able to earn enough to support yourself, and your family. Not only that, workers should also have the right to unionize, as well as, strike.
Taking a look at what has been mentioned above, it may have become clearer that these issues have stopped being known as violations at some point and started being treated as the normal thing. This is quite a dangerous area because with the normalization of abuse, it becomes easier for living standards to deteriorate. Now, the best thing you can do is to collect as much knowledge as possible, so you can stand up when you notice someone overlooking basic human rights.
My question is, if water to survive is a basic human right where does that right end? Farmers use water to grow crops, are they more entitled to water than the guy who owns a pool and a sprinkler system? Who makes that decision? Corporations? NESTLE has had a few interesting ideas on the matter. Government? We’ve all seen Flint Michigan.