THE STORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS
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Human rights ensure that all people are treated with dignity and equality. We all have the right to access to basic needs such as food, water and shelter. These rights protect us from violence and abuse and work towards the end of ignorance and hatred. No matter what country we live in, who our parents are, what religion we practice, human rights are essential.
They are universal and a natural part of every person and should never be denied. Human rights are about compassion, understanding and respect.
Around the world there are children who are denied their human rights. They are forced to work without hope of an education, they are forced to be child soldiers, they are abandoned and left to make a life for themselves on the streets.
Human - A member of the homo sapiens species; a person
Rights - Things to which you are entitled, freedoms that are guaranteed
Human rights - The rights you have simply because you are human
Universal - all-encompassing, for everyone and everything
Natural law - laws that are followed naturally or without effort
United Nations - An organization formed to define human rights and take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century