Cyrus' Charter of the Rights of Nations

 I did not allow any to terrorize the land of Sumer and Akkad. I kept in view the needs of Babylon and all its sanctuaries to promote their well-being. The citizens of Babylon … I lifted their unbecoming yoke. Their dilapidated dwellings I restored. I put an end to their misfortunes.

I strove for peace in Babylon and in all his [other] sacred cities. As to the inhabitants of Babylon … I abolished forced labor … From Nineveh, Assur and Susa, Akkad, Eshnunna, Zamban, Me-Turnu and ...

Peace is a Human Right with individual and collective dimensions

Statement by the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order on the International Day of Peace (2016) Read more

Why a ‘Right’ to ‘Peace’?

By: Niloufar Omidi

A close scrutiny of the moral and philosophical schools of thought and also the main world religions reveals that they all have tried to establish a lifestyle based on non-violence and communal living. The struggle for peace has been the awakening to claim for fundamental rights and freedoms, for instance the modern framework of human rights emerged following the Second World War tragedy. Thus, It is undeniable that peace has played a crucial role … Read more

Geneva – 21 September 2015: On the occasion of international day of peace, Professor Alfred de Zayas, the Independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order urges the Human Rights Council to continue its work toward the adoption of a Declaration on the Right to Peace in its individual and collective dimensions in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Read more

6 December 2015 The White House-Washington

An Impressive Lecture by President Obama: “Let’s make sure we never forget what makes us exceptional: We were founded upon a belief in human dignity — the idea that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or what religion you practice, you are equal in the eyes of God and equal in the eyes of the law.” “Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear.”

Obama’s lecture reminds us the Four Freedoms Speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt (6 January 1941), especially the forgotten freedom namely freedom from fear. It shows a transition towards freedom from fear. He tries to return it back to the centre of attentions. Read more