Identify which speech you read.
The speech on “Adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights” by Eleanor Roosevelt on December 1948 to the United Nations General Assembly.
What is the author’s claim(s)?
All human beings have some fundamental rights and freedoms that should be protected and valued by all governments. The speech describes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which serves as a common standard for all nations, intending to realize these rights via education and the promotion of respect for these rights.
Who is the audience for this speech?
The speech’s target audiences are the U.N General Assembly and the entire world population.
What is the tone, purpose, and voice of the speech?
The speech was authoritative and compelling as she attempted to persuade the listener of the value of human rights and the necessity of defending them. The speech’s objective is to advocate for the adoption and implementation of the UDHCR and encourage individuals to strive toward realizing these rights.
What are possible counterarguments to the author’s claim(s)?
Certain cultures and communities may stress collective rights above individual rights, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights may not be appropriate or relevant in all circumstances. Human rights may be difficult to achieve in practice, and political, economic, or societal circumstances may hamper the enforcement of these rights.
What are possible rebuttals to the counterarguments you listed above?
While cultural variations must be acknowledged, human rights protection is a universal principle that applies to everyone, regardless of cultural or societal standards. Implementing human rights might be complex. This does not decrease their value or relevance. To develop a culture of respect, efforts should be made to address the core causes of human rights violations and foster education on these rights.