The image of Sisyphus is one that most people know. Whatever our nation or culture, each of us has experienced efforts we’ve made that have come up short and we have to start over. So it is with rights, and so it has been, at times, with a Global Bill of Rights. At the closing ceremony for the United Nations, in San Francisco, California, United States President Truman told the packed Opera house “The first thing we are going to do is prepare an International Bill of Rights.”
After the horrors of WWII, the idea of the United Nations was to devise a global order so that humanity could live in peace. An International Bill of Rights was central to that vision. With constant pushing we have the makings of one: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the twin Covenants on Economic and Social Rights and Civil and Political Rights constitute an International Bill of Rights. This International Bill of Rights, however, remains unenforceable. Eleanor Roosevelt, the Chair of the Human Rights Commission that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights said she would scrap the twin Covenants and start over.
Eleanor did not mean to start from scratch, rather to create a new document that would contain core fundamental rights. Unite agrees. Unite brings people, businesses and governments to integrate the UDHR, twin Covenants, other UN treaty documents and national Bill of Rights into a single document that is enforceable in the courts of all countries. Even with such a document, nations are free to write and apply their own Bill of Rights to create protections even greater than those listed in a Global Bill of Rights.
While the stone may roll back from time to time, with each push again we get a bit further. Thanks for adding your mind and hand to the task.