Human Rights


What are Human Rights?

Human rights are rights believed to be given to all humans regardless of their gender, race, or social status. The United Nations (UN) is an organization made up of 193 of the 196 countries around the globe it was founded in 1945 after World War II. They adopted the Universal Deceleration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. (United Nations Human Rights)
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What Are Your Human Rights?

Article 1 Right to Equality

Article 2 Freedom from Discrimination

Article 3 Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security

Article 4 Freedom from Slavery

Article 5 Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment

Article 6 Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law

Article 7 Right to Equality before the Law

Article 8 Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal

Article 9 Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile

Article 10 Right to Fair Public Hearing

Article 11 Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven Guilty

Article 12 Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence

Article 13 Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country

Article 14 Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution

Article 15 Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change It

Article 16 Right to Marriage and Family

Article 17 Right to Own Property

Article 18 Freedom of Belief and Religion

Article 19 Freedom of Opinion and Information

Article 20 Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association

Article 21 Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections

Article 22 Right to Social Security

Article 23 Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions

Article 24 Right to Rest and Leisure

Article 25 Right to Adequate Living Standard

Article 26 Right to Education

Article 27 Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of Community

Article 28 Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document

Article 29 Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development

Article 30 Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights (Flowers)

How do Human Rights affect you?

Human rights are important to us because each person has unique values and human rights recognize this importance of individual dignity, give people the freedom to think and speak, give mutual respect between individuals, and respecting each other’s moral rights. There are many books written on violation of human rights, including Night written by Elie Wiesel which is written about his experiences with his father while he travels through Nazi concentration camps. Another good example is A long way gone written by Ishmael Beah which talks about his experiences as he was turned into a child soldier and rehabilitated and brought back into war.

What can you do to help?

Some ways you can get involved and take action now is by doing something as simple as signing a petition, attending an event, becoming a member of a movement, donating money, volunteering, following a campaign, shopping for a cause, or writing for rights. You might be thinking, why should I care? Well, you never know whats coming next, you would want someone to help you if you are stuck in a situation where everything has been unlawfully taken from you.

Samantha Crossen & Maggie Ann McCabe

Works Cited:

Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. Print.

Flowers, Nancy. "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (abbreviated)."HUMAN RIGHTS HERE AND NOW. University of Minnesota, Web. 28 Sept. 2015. <>.

Human Rights. Human Rights in Political Content. Web. 28 Sept. 2015. <>.

Human Rights. 2014. Access Info to Europe. Web. 28 Sept. 2015. <>.

Poverty. 2014. Providence Institution, Mt Pleasant, SC. Providence Holdings LLC. Web. 28 Sept. 2015. <>.

TIERsadmin, .2014. Human Rights 365, ensuring human rights for all everyday. Web. 28 Sept. 2015. <>.

United Nation Human Rights. What Are Human Rights. OHCHR, 1996. Web. 28 Sept. 2015. <>.

Wiesel, Elie, and Marion Wiesel. Night. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, a Division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. Print.