'48 Declaration Hasn't Guaranteed Right to Life, Says Holy See

NEW YORK, DEC. 12, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Many countries that support and have ratified the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights continue to violate the fundamental right to life, the Holy See says.

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Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, made that point when he spoke Wednesday before the General Assembly on the 55th anniversary of the declaration.

The archbishop noted that “challenges to the proper implementation of human rights” include “a tendency of some to choose self-serving rights.”

“In some circumstances,” he said, “what is inalienable to some human beings is simultaneously denied others. A case in point would be the denial of the most fundamental right — that is, the right to life itself, from which all other rights naturally and logically flow.”

Among the reasons that have led to this situation, the papal representative mentioned “exaggerated individualism that often leads the stronger to lord it over the weak.”

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