Human Rights

Blog Action Day in association
with Write Tribe


I am participating in Blog Action Day. Blog Action Day is a free annual event that is organized since 2007. Its aim is to unite the bloggers from all over the world, by posting about the same issue, on the same day, in order to raise awareness and trigger a positive global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all.  Around 1, 717 blogs from 124 countries, across 26 languages have registered to take part in Blog Action Day 2013.  This year, the focus is on Human Rights. 
Human Rights are the rights that all people have by virtue of being human beings. Human Rights are derived from the inherent dignity of the human person and are defined internationally, nationally and locally by various law making bodies. 
Every person is entitled to certain fundamental rights, simply by the fact of being human. These are called ‘human rights’ rather than a privilege, which can be taken away at someone’s whim. 
They are ‘rights’ because they are things you are allowed to be, to do or to have. These rights are there for your protection against people who might want to harm or hurt you. They are also there to help us get along with each other and live in peace. 
Characteristics of Human Rights 
    • Universal 
    • Internationally guaranteed 
    • Legally protected 
    • Protects individuals and groups 
    • Cannot be taken away 
    • Equal and indivisible 
    • Obliges States and State actors
While most of us know something about our rights. But are we aware of all our human rights. There are some 30 Human Rights recognized by United Nations.
When we are not aware of our human rights, abuse such as discrimination, intolerance, injustice, oppression and slavery can happen. 
The first 15 HUMAN rights out of 30 are listed at Shilpa Garg’s blog 

This post is done in collaboration with Shilpa Garg from A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose!

16. Marriage and Family : Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
17. The Right to Your Own Things : Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
18. Freedom of Thought : Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
19. Freedom of Expression : Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
20. The Right to Public Assembly : Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
21. The Right to Democracy : Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
22. Social Security : Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
23. Workers’ Rights : Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests
24. The Right to Play : Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
25. Food and Shelter for All : Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
26. The Right to Education : Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
27. Copyright : Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
28. A Fair and Free World : Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
29. Responsibility : Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible. In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
30. No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights : Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
List provided by Youth For Human Rights International, adapted and simplified from the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights 
Here is a link to the original:  http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

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23 thoughts on “Human Rights

  1. Human rights are essential to everyone and it's important that we stand up for our rights. The right to education and freedom from slavery and torture are one of my favourites. Loved the way you listed all the points.

  2. How wonderful to see such a comprehensive post and a complete list here, Kajal. Thank you. I also love how you and Shilpa joined hands for this campaign. It’s exactly what is required of all of us – this togetherness in support of a cause! (PS – I also posted the same comment on both blogs 🙂

  3. A nice post in collaboration with Kajal about Human Rights. The 30th point i.e. right mentioned :No one can take away your human rights , is largely violated as a powerful group tries to dominate and wean away the rights of another group which may be economically or socially backward.

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