Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration…
Human rights are the basic standards each of us need to live with dignity, freedom, equality, justice, and peace. They are inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination.
These rights are laid out in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is generally agreed to be the foundation of international human rights law. It is based on the premise that every person is born free and equal in dignity and rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, it spells out the basic civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights that all human beings should enjoy. The UDHR was unanimously adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations.
Today, the UDHR is most translated document in in the world and it continues to be an inspiration to us all whether in addressing injustices, in times of conflict, in societies suffering repression, and in our efforts towards achieving universal enjoyment of human rights.
Human Rights Education (HRE) is a key part of any strategy to achieve long-term social change that ensures that we are all able to enjoy our human rights equally and without discrimination. HRE promotes values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others. It develops an understanding of everyone’s common responsibility to make human rights a reality in each community.
Human Rights Educators USA is a network dedicated to building a culture of human rights. We strive to promote justice, tolerance, and respect by cultivating an extensive, vibrant base of support for human rights education (HRE) within the United States.