Human Rights Definition

What are human rights?

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human rights refer to the "basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled."Examples of rights and freedoms which have come to be commonly thought of as human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life and liberty, freedom of expression, and equality before the law; and social, cultural and economic rights, including the right to participate in culture, the right to food, the right to work, and the right to education.
Human rights are the…
“recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world”

—Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak up, because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Catholic. Then they came for me... and by that time, there was no one to speak up for anyone.
-- Martin Niemoeller, Pastor, German Evangelical (Lutheran) Church

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Translations

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What are human rights?


Here are the rights enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights