STEVE BECKOW – The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70 – 9-22-18



The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

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The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected.  The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.

SDG 16Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.

2018 Theme: “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”

The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages – is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.

“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” — Secretary-General António Guterres

The Universal Declaration states in Article 3. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” These elements build the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Yet, the Universal Declaration does not include a separate article on “Right to Peace”. This is why we ask you this year:

What does “The Right to Peace” mean to you? Share your ideas with us through #peaceday and #standup4humanright.

In the lead up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September, we call upon all to take action.

You can support SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by seeking  peaceful resolution of conflict when disagreements arise around you.  You can be part of the solution by taking small steps. You can prevent an injustice at school or in your community by adopting a non-violent approach to problem solving and reporting potential crimes, including online bullying.

You can promote human rights by collecting and promoting videos of as many articles as possible in as many languages as possible. Record yourself reading one of the 30 articles of the Declaration in any of the 135 languages currently available and share your video with your friends.

You can engage by speaking up when others are at risk and stand with others’ human rights at work, in school and around the dinner table.

You can reflect how each of us can stand up for rights, every day.

Human rights are everyone’s rights.



OPEN-HEARTED REBEL – BUILDING HUMAN RIGHTS ON NOVA EARTH – 3-19-18 – by Steve Beckow @ Golden Age Of Gaia

via Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia

I’ve gathered together most of the essays on the blog on human rights and I present that to you to assist you in your work in building Nova Earth.

The introduction follows and the book appears below.

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Human Rights as a concept arose in the face of glaring conditions of inequality and poverty, including servitude, prompting others to speculate on why some people should be seen as unequal and moving them to action.

Oftentimes a spiritual conversion is the source of the knowledge of the innate equality of all. An excellent example of that is John Newton, the slave trader who had a shipboard spiritual revelation that led him to compose Amazing Grace. He quit slaving and became an Anglican minister.

At the moment of his revelation, I’m sure that the equality of all was seen and deeply understood.

One doesn’t have to be a slave trader. One can be a visionary like Mahala Yousafzai, Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King. One can bring this knowledge in from other lifetimes.

Whenever higher realities have been glimpsed, such as happened to John Newton, the seer realizes immediately that this world was meant to honour what is in fact the reality – that all people are created free and equal.

All people are here for the same purpose: To realize who we are. (1) All of us travel through lifetime after lifetime learning more deeply what our essence is by interacting with others, creating situations that cause us to reflect on who we are.

As we journey together, every person has equal rights and freedoms, by virtue of being a spark of God.

Some people may have unequal rights because they’re unequally doing things like carrying babies and nursing them. This inequity – sometimes biological, sometimes for other reasons – calls for affirmative action. But otherwise all people have equal rights.

Broadly speaking, I’d think those rights include the right to do anything people wish, short of harming one another.

But we’re not there yet as a society. I think we will be shortly, as the consciousness vibrations of the planet continue to rise.

Until we reach such an umbrageous acceptance of each other, we may have to approach the task of building a new human-rights house one plank at a time.

  • Every person has the right to speak freely, without fear of harm or punishment.
  • Every person has the right to marry whomever they please.
  • Every person has the right to worship as they please.

On and on the individual planks go.

All of us realize the interim nature of human rights. In more refined dimensions of experience, like the astral world or the Fifth Dimension, there’s no need for them. There’s no scarcity of anything and hence no grounds for friction between people.

People sort themselves out; the people who pursue criminality go to one place and the people who love unity and harmony go to another. (2) Thus, no one steals from each other where we’re going – if we were going there.

Besides, everyone is bathed in higher-dimensional love there, in the experience of which no one could or would wish another harm. (3)

So we only need human rights here on the Third/Fourth Dimension, in our everyday world, where “saint” rubs shoulders with “sinner.” Here is where protection from possible harm is wanted and needed. And as long as it is, human rights are the instruments that frame our response.

I don’t think we realize that the notion of human rights also implies human limits. It implies limitations on behavior as much as it implies freedom. And it isn’t just based on whose side shouts the loudest. The limitations on freedom apply to everyone.

Here’s an example. If I have the right to marry whom I choose and you’re my uncle insisting I marry your son, my human rights call for your freedom of action to be restricted.

We don’t think about that much.

I’m thinking particularly of women and children in this regard. Men need to realize that the restoration of the human rights of women and children on this planet will mean the restriction of the freedom of action of men. Think about it.

It’s time, men.


(1) See “It All Works Out in the Final Reel,” April 14, 2017, at

(2) See “Destination Depends on Life Lived” at

(3) This is another aspect of a higher reality being experienced. For one person it can be a glimpse of Reality; for another, it’s the experience of higher-dimensional love.

In either case, the person, while in that state, wishes to harm nobody. Hence there is no need for human rights. Or even forgiveness, since there are no transgressions to forgive.


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James Corbett – The Corbett Report – Transformation Of Society


Link to podcast / by James Corbett / / June 12, 2013

You can learn a lot about what a society holds dear by the stories it tells itself. Take The Andy Griffith Show. Back in 1967 there was an episode called “The Tape Recorder” in which a suspected bank robber is caught in Mayberry and taken into custody. Opie and Arnold use their tape recorder to record a private conversation between the robber and his lawyer that proves that he robbed the bank, but when they try to tell Andy about what they heard, Andy tells them in no uncertain terms why he won’t listen to the tape and why it must be destroyed:

“You bugged a conversation between a lawyer and his client. Now that’s violating one of the most sacred rights of privacy,” he chides his son while proceeding to erase the tape. Opie, exasperated, starts to say “But if it helps the law…” and Andy replies: “Opie, the law can’t use this kind of help. Because whether a man is guilty or innocent, we have to find that out by due process of law.”

Fast forward the better part of half a century and contrast that noble ideal with these words that just spewed from President Obama in his remarks on the NSA warrantless spying scandal:

“I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience,” the president noted in a recent address on the scandal. “Were going to have to make some choices as a society.”

The gulf between those common sense ideals of Andy Griffith and the sad reality of the modern-day US government and the new NSA spying scandal is mind-boggling. What happened in the last 50 years to so fundamentally transform the ideals of a society? Ideals that were once cherished as the defining characteristics of that society, ones that set it apart from its enemies?

Now don’t get me wrong. There’s no need to be naive about these ideals. The US government has been violating the constituion and trampling on the bill of rights since virtually the inception of the country. The history of the US, like the history of every other country, is littered with the corpses of nice-sounding ideals, from false flag frame-ups to lead the nation into war to the persecution and even execution of political dissidents. But the point is that 50 years ago, America wanted to believe it was a nation of ideals, and many people did believe that. So what changed?

It is said that one of the most effective ways to shatter someone’s sense of self is to inflict violent trauma on them. Governments around the world have been experimenting with techniques to do this for decades, and this is the root of the torture techniques that have been in operation by the US throughout the age of the so-called “war on terror.” But what about the population of the United States themselves. Have they been subjected to this violent trauma in the past half century?

The JFK assassination. MLK. RFK. Vietnam. Watergate. Iran-Contra. Enron and WorldCom. 9/11. The Iraq war. Lehman Brothers. It’s hard not to see that last 50 years of American society as one nightmarish train of abuses inflicted on the American psyche.

We are seeing the full effects of that abuse in society today. Not only has American society changed so drastically in the past several decades that its President can talk about breaking the most fundamental tenets of the Bill of Rights in a public address, but even the outrage at this remarkable turn of events has been systematically drummed out of the population.

Every once in a while, some new abuse will come along that is so flagrant, so unimaginable, so indefensible, that it causes some of that old sense of outrage to flare up amongst the population. Like the latest scandal regarding NSA spying, the public is still capable of recognizing the abuse when they see it, at least every once in a while.

But that sense of outrage disappears so quickly. All the media has to do is tell the public that there’s no reason to be angry, or that the government will take care of everything, or that the majority of the public are happy with the abuse, and soon the problem starts to be normalized, even forgotten.

So how do we snap people out of this state of affairs? How do we show them the ideals that they used to once (claim to) hold dear, and steer society back in that direction? Perhaps it’s only fitting that we take our cue from another fictional character, Howard Beale in the 1976 film, Network:

“We know things are bad — worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore…I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot — I don’t want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say: ‘I’m a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!’ So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

This article first appeared in The International Forecaster / link to original  article

Youth For Human Rights – We Are All Born Free & Equal

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Youth For Human Rights ad #01 – We Are All Born Free & Equal