Don’t Talk Smack

I’m uncertain of how popular or widely distributed The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is, but it exists and it’s not entirely uninteresting. Drafted by the UN post WWII, its primary purpose was to protect individual freedoms and hold governments accountable for committing serious wrongs against their citizens.

In it are minimal requirements that all governments must guarantee for all individuals. However, the document is either much more idealistic than it claims to be, or no government comes even close to securing our supposedly basic rights.

Either way, without getting too into it, I want to bring your attention to Article 12, because I find it highly amusing:

“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”

It is your basic human right to have your good reputation perserved, oh honorable one. And dare I attempt to tarnish it, I will have to bear the grave shame of having violated one of your fundamental human liberties.


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