Universal Declaration of the 30 Basic Human Rights

“Human Rights” has become a well-known and popular term over the years. Since coming into effect by the United Nations in 1948 the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights Act has been referred to often and in many a context. But sadly many of us choose to remain ignorant of our basic rights as human beings. Knowing your rights allows you to safeguard yourself against all types of abuse as well as taking the protection of other people quite seriously.

Declaration of Human Rights Image

Declaration of Human Rights Image

The 30 Basic Human Rights:

We all have 30 basic human rights, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, created by the United Nations in 1948 to provide a global understanding of how to treat individuals. Despite many stories of criminals abusing the rights act, the 30 basic human rights were initially created to provide a framework on how we should all treat others as well as having an expectation that we ourselves should be treated with the same respect as we give to each individual person or community.

Your behaviour towards other people is regulated by this list of rights and other people are expected to behave respectfully and kindly towards you too.

The Human Rights List:

Article 1: You have the right to freedom and for others to treat you with this respect as well as for you to treat others with respect for their freedom.

Article 2: You have the right to be treated equally despite differences in religion, culture, gender or skin colour etc.

Article 3: You have a right to life and to live in safety as well as with freedom

Article 4: You have the right to never be treated as a slave and neither should you keep anyone else in servitude

Article 5: You have the right never to be tortured, hurt or treated inhumanly or even degraded as a form of punishment

Article 6: You have the right to be treated equally by Law

Article 7: You are entitled to equal protection by the Law which is the same for everyone and as such should be applied the same way

Article 8: When your rights are not being respected you have the right to seek legal help

Article 9: You have the right not to be unjustly imprisoned or expelled from your Country

Article 10: You have the right to fair and public trials along with everyone else

Articles 11: You have the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty

Article 12: You have the right to seek help from the Law should anyone try to harm you. Nobody has the right to violate your home, intercept your correspondence or to bother you and your family without a valid reason

Article 13: You have the right to travel as you prefer

Article 14: You have the right to seek protection from your home Country in the event of persecution by asking another country to help you.

Article 15: You have the Right to belong to a Country therefore to have a Nationality. You cannot be prevented from belonging to another Country should you wish

Article 16: You have the right to get married and have a family

Article 17: You have the right to ownership of possessions and property

Article 18: You have the right to practice your religious beliefs and the right to change your religion should you wish in private or public

Article 19: You have the right to your own expression of opinion. You may think and say as you wish as well as having the freedom to impart and receive information

Article 20: You have the right to peacefully participate in meetings and join associations

Article 21: You have the right to participate in the participation or choosing of a Government in your Country

Article 22: You have the right to opportunities to develop your skills and a right to social security

Article 23: You have the right to join a trade union and to work in a safe environment for a fair wage in the choice of your employment

Article 24: You have a right to rest and leisure time

Article 25: You have the right for medical help and a an adequate standard of living which includes your complete well-being such as housing, food and clothing

Article 26: You have the right to a school education which must include the full development of your human personality, including the promotion of understanding and tolerance of all the different communities and groups to enhance peace

Article 27: You have the right to fully participate in your community and cultural life

Article 28: You must respect the “social order” for all the rights to be available

Article 29: You must respect the rights of everyone equally, the public at large as well as the community

Article 30: You have the right to keep the rights in this declaration without the fear of them being removed

Don’t remain ignorant, educate yourself and pass on these facts for other people to live a life of quality instead of having to face needless situations of fear. This type of education is priceless. Using this knowledge well without abusing your rights is one of the key factors in living a balanced life.

More at: www1.umn.edu/humanrts

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