What are Human Rights?

Let’s start with some definitions! It’s always important to have a common understanding of the concept we are going to explore deeper. And moreover, since we’re talking about Human Rights!

All human beings have similar basic needs: nutritious food, health care, shelter, safe and healthy environment, education, protection from harm and more..

At the same time, Humans also share the same rights… But what are they?

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. 

They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life.

They can never be taken away, although they can sometimes be restricted – for example if a person breaks the law, or in the interests of national security.

These basic rights are based on shared values like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and independence, and they are fundamental to let a person live and grow.

Important difference to know: Needs are different to wants. Wants are not necessary for a person to survive, grow and develop.

Everyone of us has the right to have these needs fulfilled.

Credit: Equality and Human Rights Commission



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