Social Justice

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Written by Paul Hawken

The definition of the term social justice has been debated for centuries.  In Blessed Unrest,  social justice means the implementation and realization of human rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ratified by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948, with the addition of the right to a productive, safe, and clean environment; the right to security from political tyranny; and the right to live and express one's own culture.  The thirty Articles of the Declaration proper state that people have a right to freedom and liberty, that no one shall be enslaved or held in servitude or subjected to torture or cruel and degrading punishment.  Everyone has the right to be recognized as a person by law, not subject to arbitrary detention or exile.  People have the right to receive asylum if persecuted in their home country.  Citizens of all countries have the right to education, livelihood, and fair working condition, including the right to join a trade union and receive a living wage.

Paul Hawkin, Blessed Unrest, pp.12-13. 

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