Frequently Asked Questions

What is the United Nations?

The United Nations is an international organization made up of countries that are committed to maintaining International peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights (UN at a glance, 2012)

What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) provides a common understanding of everyone's rights.

What are human rights?

Human rights are rights that people have simply by being born a human. They are "rights" because they are things that you are allowed to be, to do or to have. These are known as your fundamental (essential) rights, which cannot be taken away under normal circumstances.

What can happen when people do not know their human rights?

When people don't know their rights, other people can take them advantage of them. Ex. You have the right to be paid for the work that you do. Someone cannot force you to do unpaid labor.

What are of the rights guaranteed to all human beings under international treaties?

  1. We Are All Born Free and Equal. We are all born free. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way.

  2. Don't Discriminate. These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences.

  3. The Right to Life. We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.

  4. No Slavery. Nobody has any right to make us a slave. We cannot make anyone our slave.

  5. No Torture. Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us.

  6. You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go. I am a person just like you!

  7. We're All Equal Before the Law. The law is the same for everyone. It must treat us all fairly.

  8. Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law. We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.

  9. No Unfair Detainment. Nobody has the right to put us in prison without good reason and keep us there, or to send us away from our country.

  10. The Right to Trial. If we are put on trial this should be in public. The people who try us should not let anyone tell them what to do

  11. We're Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty. Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it is proven. When people say we did a bad thing we have the right to show it is not true.

  12. The Right to Privacy. Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters, or bother us or our family without a good reason.

  13. Freedom to Move. We all have the right to go where we want in our own country and to travel as we wish.

  14. The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live. If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe.

  15. Right to a Nationality. We all have the right to belong to a country.

  16. Marriage and Family. Every grown-up has the right to marry and have a family if they want to. Men and women have the same rights when they are married, and when they are separated.

  17. . The Right to Your Own Things. Everyone has the right to own things or share them. Nobody should take our things from us without a good reason

  18. Freedom of Thought. We all have the right to believe in what we want to believe, to have a religion, or to change it if we want.

  19. Freedom of Expression. We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people.

  20. The Right to Public Assembly. We all have the right to meet our friends and to work together in peace to defend our rights. Nobody can make us join a group if we don't want to.