The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) applies universally without distinction as to race, color or nationality. We are all human and under that skin nothing differs much. I feel troubled with this emerging or recycling of the idea that the UDHR is a Western Concept that does not fit or apply to us (Filipinos). It is so alarming that vast number of the population if not majority now considers Human Rights as abhorrent and pro-criminal. It is saddening that they perceive it only as a tool to encourage criminality, they view it as a mere protection for criminals.
UDHR assures that every human being lives under the basic requirements of a dignified life. It is not meant for criminals but rather for the protection of every law abiding citizen, as well as a reminder to law enforcement agencies that they do not become criminals by themselves as they pursue criminals or in the attempt to address the ills of the society, otherwise without these reminders we are as if have opted to burn the house in order to get rid some rodents.
Those who deny the universality of Human Rights simply acknowledge or impose upon themselves the verdict that they do not belong to the humanity of men. I believe we all deserve equally to live a free and dignified life. These Rights transcend national boundaries. Though written by men they are dictated by natural law, thus, above any other laws conceptualized by human legislation, and far above the whims and caprices of self proclaimed all knowing leaders who want to impose their will on the citizenry.