Article 1 of the UN International Bill of Human Rights of 1948
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
In accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ideal of free human beings enjoying freedom from fear and want can only be achieved if conditions are created whereby everyone may enjoy his economic, social and cultural rights, as well as his civil and political rights.
These principles were written to be universal. There is no mention of what world they apply to.
You call us Belters, but we are not just from the Belt. We are from all the worlds from Jupiter and beyond, all the outer planets that have something of value to Earth or Mars. Our predecessors made these places habitable, span them for gravity, carved tunnels to live in. They hauled ice for air and water, cultivated plants and algae for food. They colonised these new worlds, often with the barest amount of help. It took bravery and intuition just to survive from day to day, but they did, and the inner planets have profited well from their labours.
Despite all this we are not represented. We have no voice in the United Nations. Policies and laws are made that directly affect us without a chance to even have our opinions heard. The governments of the inner planets depend on what we provide, and to secure their resources they arrange matters to deny us what we need.
We are sons and daughters of Earth and Mars. If they will not hear us, why should we hear them?
This is a call to those born free to assert your freedom. Claim your independence.
Join the Outer Planets Alliance, and find your family.