What Are Human Rights?

“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.” 

(Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Human rights belong to every person in the world without distinction of any kind.

They do not depend on where you born or where you live.
They do not depend on one’s nationality; one’s ethnic, social or national origin; or the colour of one’s skin. 

They do not depend on one’s religion or language.
They do not depend on one’s sex or the gender you identify with.
They do not depend on one’s political or other opinion.
They do not depend on any other status.
Every human being is equally entitled to ALL of their human rights.

Although this seems simple in theory, in practice human rights are much more complex.

Human rights are interconnected and indivisible. Consequently, improving one right can help improve all rights while violating one right can also negatively affect other rights.

Therefore, the concept of human rights work as a framework to ensure that one has the ability to live their rights. Guaranteeing everyone is able to live all of their rights is where the work and effort must take place.
How can we do this collectively?
What responsibilities do we each have in ensuring that we can all live our rights?
How can we make a difference?

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides further information on human rights in an international scope.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

To learn more about human rights on a national level, check out the links below!

The Evolution of Human Rights in CanadaThe Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Visit the Manitoba Human Rights Commission’s website to learn more about human rights in our province.

Manitoba Human Rights Commission

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a space to learn about human rights and engage in critical discussions.

Canadian Museum for Human RIghts