The New York Times, US
AMERICAN WOMEN are still victims of violence and discrimination. Black women suffer from racism in addition to gender discrimination. In 39 states homosexuals can be dismissed from work because of their sexual proclivities. Federal and state laws guarantee many rights. They ban discrimination based on race or gender in work, housing, and education. They guarantee freedom of speech, religion, the establishment of societies, and the right to a fair trial. Despite all these guarantees, serious violations of human rights continue to take place regularly. Why is the American eye jaundiced, only seeing what takes place in other countries?
Al Ayam, Bahrain
IN 50 years, human rights have entered the mainstream of international discourse. Even the harshest tyrant uses the language of rights if only to distort its universal meaning. In a world where abuses are a daily problem there can be no blind spots. Nelson Mandela saw the Declaration as "a ray of hope at one of our darkest hours". Mrs Roosevelt deserves our thanks for her role in drafting a blueprint for a better future. But the job was not finished that December: it is a work still in progress.
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