Human Rights

Human Rights

Human rights is a topic that comes up often in conversation, media, and social media. When writing this post, I spent some time thinking about how I define Human Rights, what it means to me, and why I feel strongly about the importance of human rights.

The United Nations states that:
Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes:
1. All human beings are born free and equal
2. Everyone is equal regardless of race, color, sex, language, religion, politics, or where they were born.
3. Everyone has the right to life (and to live in freedom and safety)
4. Everyone has the right to be free from slavery
5. Everyone has the right to be free from torture
6. Everyone has the right to be recognized before the law
7. We are all equal before the law
8. Everyone has the right to seek justice if their rights are violated
9. Everyone has the right to freedom from arbitrary arrest, detention, or exile.
10. Everyone has the right to a fair trail.
11. Everyone has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
12. Everyone has the right to privacy and freedom from attacks on their reputation.
13. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and to be free to leave and return to their own country.
14. Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution
15. Everyone has the right to a nationality.
16. Everyone has the right to marry and to have a family.
17. Everyone has the right to own property
18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion
19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
20. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
21. Everyone has the right to take part in government and to have equal access to public service.
22. Everyone has the right to social security
23. Everyone has the right to work, to equal pay, to protection against unemployment, and the right to form and join trade unions.
24. Everyone has the right to rest and leisure.
25. Everyone has the right to a decent standard of living, including food, clothing, housing, medical care and social services.
26. Everyone has the right to education
27. Everyone has the right to participate in and enjoy culture, art and science.
28. Everyone has the right to a social and international order where the rights in this Declaration can be fully realized.
29. We have a duty to other people and we should protect their rights and freedoms
30. Nobody can take away these rights-and freedoms from us.
31.  Live in a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment [added 07/28/2022]

Marginalized and Vulnerable

Marginalized and vulnerable populations include individuals, families, and communities of LGBTQ+, low socioeconomic status, disabilities (including mental health), people of color, elderly, and migrants.

My Definition

Human rights allow a person to be who they are with access to the tools, resources, and social connections to have a fulfilled, healthy life. 

And You?

How do you define human rights?