Violations Of The Declaration Of Human Rights During The Salem Witch Trials



During the Salem witch trials, many violations of today´s Universal
Declaration of Human Rights occurred. Inclusively, some are still being
done today. Upon having a victim under an acusation, many articles were not
respected. This is shown in the manner in which past time juries treated
the accused. In my opinion, the articles that during those times were
violated were article four, five, article six, and seventeen.
Article four presents the idea of preventing a cruel or unaccepted
treatment towards the victim. It reads the following, "no one shall be
subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment". During the witch trials in Salem, those who were ...

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trials was article five, which states that "everyone has the right to
recognition everywhere as a person before the law". Many thought of the
women accused of practicing witchcraft to be diabolic and inhuman ; in fact,
they were thought of human figures of the devil. This would clearly
interfere with the judge´s veredict and it would be almost impossible for
the victimis to save themselves from being condemned to death. If these
victims of whom most were in their late fifties, had been seen as people
who are just like us, they would have been saved from such destiny.
Article Six is also a great, and maybe the clearest, example to
prove the point of violated human rights. This article says "all are equal
before the law and entitled without any discrimination to equal protection
before the law. All are entitled to protection against any discrimination
in violation this Declaration and against any incitement to such
discrimination". In the witch trials of Salem, it was ...

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