Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Every Human Has Rights - Campaign Highlights from Every Human Has Rights on Vimeo.

Today is the 60th Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On the campaign website of 'Every human has rights' there a lot of information about the state of human rights. Amnesty urges everyone to fire up for human rights.

Below are the first ten articles as mentioned in the UDHR. I especially like the third: 'You have the right to live and to live in freedom and safety'. The rest can be read here.

1 When children are born, they are free and each should be treated in the same way. They have reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a friendly manner.

2 Everyone can claim the following rights, despite
- a different sex
- a different skin colour
- speaking a different language
- thinking different things
- believing in another religion
- owning more or less
- being born in another social group
- coming from another country
It also makes no difference whether the country you live in is independent or not.

3 You have the right to live, and to live in freedom and safety.

4 Nobody has the right to treat you as his or her slave and you should not make anyone your slave.

5 Nobody has the right to torture you.

6 You should be legally protected in the same way everywhere, and like everyone else.

7 The law is the same for everyone; it should be applied in the same way to all.

8 You should be able to ask for legal help when the rights your country grants you are not respected.

9 Nobody has the right to put you in prison, to keep you there, or to send you away from your country unjustly, or without good reason.

10 If you go on trial this should be done in public. The people who try you should not let themselves be influenced by others.

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