Essay on Human Rights : An Epidemic Concern Around The World

1733 Words Aug 4th, 2014 7 Pages
‘We cannot succeed when half of us are held back’ How true is this quote by Malala Yousafzai and how does this relate to Human Rights violations?
It’s hard to define what human rights are; there is just too much to consider. Generally, human rights are simply referred to as the rights a human has. Of course, there are heaps of rights worldwide aimed towards certain groups of people; however, human rights are the only set of rights that are applied to everyone, universally. That includes everyone ‘…without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status’(un.org). While there have been some improvements over the past few decades, human rights violations continue to be an epidemic concern around the world. In other words, if people really have the right to education, why are billions of people unable to study? If they have the freedom of speech, then why are thousands of people imprisoned for articulating their minds? If everyone is entitled to the same rights without distinction of any kind then why are women punished for thinking for themselves? If we all have the right to life, then why are mass murders taking place? If we have rights, then why are they being abused? If we have the ability to succeed, why are we not succeeding? Malala Yousafzai quoted that ‘We cannot succeed when half of us are held back’. This simple yet thought provoking quote highlights the…

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