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Mexico’s Mass Disappearances and the Drug War (Ayotzinapa: The Missing 43 Students) : What Is the Declaration of Human Rights?

This research guide was created after the exhibition Ayotzinapa: We Will Not Wither, held at Memorial Library from September 16 to October 30, 2015.

What is de Declaration of Human Rights?

Human rights were established after World War II (in 1948) in order to protect humans in their basic freedoms: probably to avoid slavery, genocide, torture, and war crimes. After the establishment of the rights it was no longer deemed correct or practical to deprive a human of her or his rights.

Every human being, according to the Rights, was entitled to be “born free and equal in dignity and rights. […] endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” This means there is a recognition of all members of the human family to have freedom of speech, justice and peace in the world.

Freedom from fear.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights Watch

Inter-American Comission on Human Rights

Recommended Readings

Further Readings about the Human Rights Violations Related to the Drug War [PDF]