Human Rights


I am participating in Blog Action Day. Blog Action Day is a free annual event, that is organised 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 Human Rights
  • 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 recognised by United Nations.

When we are not aware of our human rights, abuse such as discrimination, intolerance, injustice, oppression and slavery can happen.

30 HUMAN RIGHTS That We ALL Have Are…

1. We Are All Born Free and Equal : All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

2. Don’t Discriminate : Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

3. The Right to Life : Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

4. No Slavery : No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

5. No Torture : No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

6. You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go : Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

7. We’re All Equal Before the Law : All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

8. Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law : Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.human-rights-19936965

9. No Unfair Detainment : No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

10. The Right to Trial : Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

11. We’re Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty : Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.

12. The Right to Privacy : No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation.

13. Freedom to Move : Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

14. The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live : Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations

15. Right to a Nationality : Everyone has the right to a nationality. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

To read about the remainder 15 Human Rights, please visit Kajal’s Blog, Rainbow Hues 

This post is done in collaboration with Kajal Kapur from Rainbow Hues

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:

Linking this post to the Ultimate Blog Challenge and October’s NaBloPoMo.

Also linking this post to Write Tribe’s Blog Action Day link up. Together we can!

Images Courtesy : Google Images

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Content Protection by

34 thoughts on “Human Rights

  1. Human rights are excellent on paper (and on blogs). But in feudalistic societies, it is abused to a great extent. I am not sure how much laws and rules can help, but individual empowerment and will, is very essential.

    Destination Infinity

  2. Well compiled Shilpa!! Human rights is always a great topic of discussion, sadly it is heavily abused and grossly overrated at times. I wish people also look at human duties before staking a claim for rights.

  3. Excellent post. I think European Union has passed a resolution condemning caste-based discrimination as a human rights violation. It is not just an Indian problem. It is a global problem. This must be stopped.

  4. Thank Shilpa, a lot of the rights even I did not know. And in our country innocent until proven guilty in my opinion is misused, just saying. Only when the matter reaches supreme court do we say yes put the man behind bars. For this right we per se need a modification..

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

  6. Pingback: Blog Action Day #humanrights #bad2013 #Oct16 | Coffee With Mi

  7. Pingback: Human Rights - Everyday Gyaan

  8. A nice collaborative post with Kajal. Most of the rights are violated by a politically powerful and economically powerful class.

  9. Pingback: ‘Can We Call Ourselves Free?’: Indians Talk #HumanRights On Blog Action Day · Global Voices

  10. Pingback: ‘Can We Call Ourselves Free?’: Indians Talk #HumanRights On Blog Action Day

  11. Expression HUMAN RIGHTS is as much of a hoax,as misused as SECULARISM..MINORITIES.
    When did I see human right activists stand up for Kashmir Pandits?
    What happened in Muzaffarnagar.?
    Where are activists in Somalia?
    It is a political toll used by Govt’s to exploit a given situation.

  12. Well done. Nice trick to combine two different blogger for one good cause. But my question is do people get the right to use their rights? I think like “laws” even “human rights” have been misused and twisted n turned for one’s own convenience.

  13. Pingback: India: discussioni su libertà e diritti umani nel Blog Action Day · Global Voices in Italiano

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *