December 10th is Human Rights Day and next year, we will be celebrating the 70 year anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Therefore, there is no better time than now to pass on my knowledge of these rights, so you know what protects you in the world today.
This will be a long post, but one which is worth the read, as human rights are so important to all of us, whether we realise it or not. They are the basis of everyone we do, at any point and are a safeguard to our actions.
I’ve summarised the 30 articles in the declaration, so they make sense to everyone, both me and you (I’ve tried to make it exciting with colours, as I don’t have time to make the graphics at the moment!)
- We are all born free and equal
- Don’t Discriminate
- The Right to Life
- No Slavery
- No Torture
- You have rights no matter where you go
- We are all born equal before the law
- Your human rights are protected within the law
- No unfair detainment
- The Right to Trial
- We’re always innocent until proven guilty
- The Right to Privacy
- Freedom to Move
- The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live
- The Right to a Nationality
- Marriage and Family
- The Right to your own things
- Freedom of Thought
- Freedom of Expression
- The Right to Public Assembly
- The Right to Democracy
- Social Security
- Workers Rights
- The Right to Play
- Food and Shelter for All
- The Right to Education
- A Free and Fair World
- No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights
and we all need to realise that:
- womens rights are human rights
- LGBTQ+ rights are human rights
- and all other rights are human rights
and we must fight for all of them, if we want peace and equality in the world we live in. We all need to be compassionate and have a role in supporting each other.
With ongoing conflict on the planet we live on, we must acknowledge that although the UN Declaration is in place, there is still so much more to be done, so that we will live in a kinder and more benevolent world.
So take action and be a human rights activist! Anyone can be one and all you need is:
🤝 a little bit of courage (or a lot!)
🤝 be a believer in the cause
🤝 be open-minded
🤝 be optimistic
🤝 carry on going, even when it gets tough
🤝 have that passion!
For me, I believe that the Labour Party has stood up for Human Rights, and their core values still lie around equality, social justice and human dignity. Therefore, it is only right in this current time to make sure that the Human Rights Act in the UK is protected and that everyone in society feels safe. But, I understand that everyone has different political views, so you may feel differently about how this future looks for the UK. One thing we must all agree on though, is that human rights are absolutely everyone’s business and it is everyone’s responsibility to uphold them, so we are all equal.
I will always campaign on this issue, because we cannot give up the fight! Just because something doesn’t impact you directly doesn’t mean it does not matter and therefore we must look out for each other and continue to make a difference!
Please take this day as a sign that things need to move forward and the only way this will happen is if we all work together and pledge to stand up for our rights and act against the injustices around the world ✊
Don’t sit back on the sidelines, be a change maker ❤️