Education for Development Coorporation
We invite you to explore with us why so many people still have to suffer war suffering, have no social security, cannot get a job, have to work for wages that are not enough to live on, have no food security, have no chance to get an education that allows them to develop their personality freely and fully, have no assured access to health services, have no right to full and equal democratic participation in political decision-making, no freedom of expression and information, no freedom of organization or religion, no equal rights and equality between men and women, no protection in case of political persecution. Since 1948, since the adoption of the Universal Declaration by the members of the UN, all people worldwide, all human beings have the right to these rights, just because they are human beings: Expressly also independent of which state they live in and which position the state has in the world.
From the initiatives Black&White we are committed to the implementation of the Declaration of Human Rights for all. What do we need for this? The knowledge of our rights, the knowledge of why they are not realized, the knowledge of how they can be realized, the knowledge of how to enforce them.
Here we will publish contributions to this and stimulate discussions and encourage all of you who stand for human rights to join us on the path of knowledge, also through trial and error. In the sense of the principle of enlightenment, which Kant described as follows: "Enlightenment is the exit of man from his self-inflicted immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one's intellect without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-inflicted if the cause of it lies not in the lack of understanding, but in the resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another. Sapere aude! Have courage to make use of your own intellect! is therefore the motto of the Enlightenment."
First of all, we encourage you to study the rights that were adopted as a basis for the post-war order from 1945 to 1946 and then in pacts until the 1970s, and which are still valid today; for this purpose, we ask you to study the precursors of these agreements and the core text of Immanuel Kant, on whose recommendations they are partly based.
UN Charter: Core of current international law:
The United Nations Charter (UN Charter) is the founding treaty of the United Nations (UN). Its universal goals and principles form the constitution of the community of states to which all member states, now numbering 193, subscribe.
UN Charter | United Nations - Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (unric.org)
Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Declaration of intent by UN members for the aims of policy in their countries and in international cooperation for the people of all countries:
All human beings enjoy from birth the same inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms. The United Nations is committed to guaranteeing and protecting the human rights of every individual. This commitment grows out of the Charter of the United Nations, which affirms the peoples' belief in the fundamental rights of man and in the dignity and worth of the human personality. In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations has proclaimed in clear and simple terms those fundamental rights to which everyone is equally entitled.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights | United Nations - Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (unric.org)
UN Social Covenant, binding agreement under international law on the social human rights to which every person worldwide is entitled:
Economic, social, and cultural human rights (also called wsk rights or social rights), which labor parties and trade unions in industrialized countries have been able to enforce through long struggles, are agreed upon internationally by treaty among signatory states in the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (Social Covenant). With this pact, the states commit themselves to protect people from exploitation and to fulfill certain demands, such as food, education and health. Among other things, the right to work, the right to social security, the right to adequate living standards, the right to fair and favorable working conditions, the right to join trade unions, the right to protection of family, maternity and children, the right to continuous improvement of living conditions, and the right to participate in cultural life are guaranteed: In this way, they contractually secure rights that had already been agreed upon as human rights by the member states of the UN in 1948 in the Declaration of Human Rights.
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966 (dgvn.de)
Optional Protocol_Social Covenant.pdf (dgvn.de)
UN Civil Covenant: binding agreement under international law on the political human rights to which every person worldwide is entitled:
UN Civil Covenant
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (or in short: the UN Civil Covenant, in Switzerland: UN Covenant II) is not only one of the first international human rights conventions of the United Nations binding under international law, but together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Social Covenant it is considered the International Human Rights Code.
iccpr_en_2_.pdf (dgvn.de), UN Civil Covenant - International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Briand-Kellogg Treaty: The First Prohibition of War of Aggression, after which Germany was condemned for breaking the treaty after the war in Nuremberg: Briand-Kellogg Pact: A Treaty against War
On August 27, 1928, 15 states signed the Briand-Kellogg Pact in Paris, laying a foundation for outlawing war as a political tool - with limited effect: Briand-Kellogg Pact: A Treaty Against War | bpb
Atlantic Charter, the anti-Hitler coalition's concealed goals for the postwar order at the end of World War II:
The Atlantic Charter of August 14, 1941 - Potsdam Conference (potsdamer-konferenz.de)
75 Years Atlantic Charter | bpb
Immanuel Kant: On perpetual peace:
(57) On Perpetual Peace (audiobook) Immanuel Kant - YouTube, On Perpetual Peace (univie.ac.at).