I have been following this conversation with great interest. Certainly any document needs to be revisited on occasion, especially one that is intended to guide in global terms. In my own country, I am frequently annoyed when I hear the phrase "What our 'forefathers' intended..." when interpreting the U. S. Constitution. One, we can only guess at what was on "founding fathers'" minds; and two, the world is not exactly as it was in 1776. To continue to be relevant, historical governing documents must be flexible and open to re-interpretation based on present situations. My question is this: what are the articles in the UDHR that some cultures not present at the document's formation find hegemonic and/or offensive? I know when I teach the document to university students, they are usually surprised at some of the inclusions, especially social and economic (such as the right to work, right to leisure, right to social services). They do not find them offensive; they are just surprised that these would be considered rights (of course, most of my students take these rights for granted as part of their lives). I would love to hear from anyone on the list, but especially from those of you whose cultures were not considered 50+ years ago. Thank you, Lynn J. Lynn McBrien, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Education University of South Florida 8350 N Tamiami Trail, B322 Sarasota, FL 34243 USA ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======= Send mail intended for the list to < >. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/ **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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