What are human rights? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) outlined the rights of every human being no matter where they live. The United Nations accepted this declaration December 10, 1948. But what are they? Can you name any of them? Each of the 30 rights appears in the declaration as a numbered article as follows:
Articles 1–2 establish the basic concepts of dignity, liberty, and equality.
Articles 3–5 establish rights of individuals, such as the life and the prohibition of slavery and torture.
Articles 6–11 establish the legality of human rights so your rights can be defended in court.
Articles 12–17 establish your rights in community like freedom of movement, residence, and property
Articles 18–21 are called "constitutional liberties" like freedom of expression, conscience, and peaceful association
Articles 22–27 establish economic, social, and cultural rights
Articles 28–30 establish the general means of exercising these rights
1. All human beings are free and equal 18. Freedom of thought and religion 2. No discrimination 19. Freedom of opinion and expression 3. Right to life 20. Right to assemble 4. No slavery 21. Right to democracy (to take part in government) 5. No torture and inhuman treatment 22. Right to social security 6. Same right to use law 23. Right to work 7. Equal before the law 24. Right to rest and holiday 8. Right to treated fair by court 25. Right of social service 9. No unfair detainment 26. Right to education 10. Right to trial 27. Right of cultural and art 11. Innocent until proved guilty 28. Freedom around the world 12. Right to privacy 29. Subject to law 13. Freedom to movement and residence 30. Human rights can’t be taken away 14. Right to asylum 15. Right to nationality and culture 16. Rights to marry and have family 17. Right to own things
How do we advocate? As a consultant for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations, Imani Works responds to requests from the UN for observations of human rights in the field.You can join us to provide opinions about how well human rights are being practiced. Surveys, workshops, conferences, and reports are the most common ways to consult. Unfortunately not all adults or children have the privilege of seeing their human rights honored. That's where you can help by joining our actions to advocate and educate.
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