Civil celebrants - human rights and ethics

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Dear Celebrant Colleague

On 10 December 2008, the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was commemorated.

This summary from the Declaration of Human Rights is loaded here, because as "civil" celebrants, we have an important role to play in a "civilised" society - in promoting respect for all people and their unique contribution to their communities.

The Federal Government in 2008 established a consultation process seeking community views on "how best to protect and promote human rights and responsibilities".  

There are practical ways we as civil celebrants can participate.

Are there other civil celebrants out there who feel likewise ?

For example, in Naming ceremonies I include a Parent's "Vow" option for parents to consider:

Parent’s Commitment:
As X's parents, will you both, undertake to love, educate and support him/her, with his/her development and well-being at heart, to the best of your knowledge and abilities, now and in the years ahead ?

Will you ensure X is raise to value life in all its forms, to respect all people and to uphold those values all nations agree to be good ? -

Family & Friends’ Commitment:
I would also like to ask this gathering of S ‘s families and friends ...

Will you too take an interest in S's growth and well-being and resolve to do whatever you can, to encourage and support M AND F in their commitment to love, educate and support this child ?"

I have also included a Short Version of the Declaration of Human Rights in the Naming Ceremony folders I give families.

Kind regards
Rona Goold



as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance.

dotAll human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. (1)

dotEveryone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction
of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social
origin, property, birth, status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, or other status. (2)

dotEveryone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. (3)

dotNo one shall be held in slavery or servitude. (4)

dotNo one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. (5)

dotEveryone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. (6)

dotAll people are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of
the law. (7)

dotNo one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile. (9)

dotEveryone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence. (11.1) 

No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed. (11.2)

dotNo one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence,
nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. (12)

dotEveryone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. (14.1)

This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.(14.2)

dotMen and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. (16.1)

Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. (16.2)

The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State. (16.3)

dotEveryone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance. (18)

dotEveryone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. (19)

dotEveryone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. (20)

dotEveryone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family. (25)

dotEveryone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. (26)

dot Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (27)

dotEveryone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible. (29)

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