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Multicultural Communications and Relations: Human Rights

This guide is for ISS 2270, Multicultural Communications and Relations


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...

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Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities. - Voltaire

The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others. ― Julian Bond 

If the prisoner is beaten, it is an arrogant expression of fear. ― Ghassan Kanafani 

Two principles have stood face-to-face from the beginning of time; and they will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. ― Abraham Lincoln 

Whenever there is a conflict between human rights and property rights, human rights must prevail. ― Abraham Lincoln

. . . for it is the inherent nature of all human beings to yearn for freedom, equality and dignity, and they have an equal right to achieve that. –
the Dalai Lama

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil. -- Hannah Arendt

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. -- Stephen Biko

Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority. -- Albert Camus

I realize that I cannot stand by silently as my government executes its citizens. If I do not speak out and resist, I am an accomplice. -- Sister Helen Prejean

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark 

Clean water and health care and school and food and tin roofs and cement floor, all of these things should constitute a set of basics that people must have as birthrights. -- Paul Farmer

Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy. -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself. -- Robert G. Ingersoll

Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in. -- Martin Luther King, Jr. 

We believe that human rights transcend boundaries and must prevail over state sovereignty. -- Jose Ramos-Horta

The world does not need a war against ‘terrorism’, it needs a culture of peace based on human rights for all. -- Irene Khan

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. — Margarert Mead


Here are a few MDC databases that can help you in your Human Rights research:

Opposing Viewpoints in Context 

SIRS Researcher

CQ Researcher Plus Archive

New York Times - Current

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