Human Rights, Human Rights: A Poem-Plea to Humankind

POETRY FORMAT, 22 Feb 2016

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Human Rights, Human Rights
You have been violated how many thousands of days and nights?

Human Rights, Human Rights
For your assurance, have there been how many thousand fights?

Human Rights, Human Rights
To how many communities in conflict have you brought conciliatory lights?

Human Rights, Human Rights
To countries at war, have you brought diplomatically inspiring insights?

Human Rights, Human Rights
About your dignifying role in local/global political history who writes?

Human Rights, Human Rights
Well beyond your powerful voice in the Universal Declaration
when will you help bring about a Civilization(al) transformation?

Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, Associação Brasil América ( He can be reached at


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