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What are human rights?


“rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status”

 – Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


ALL these rights are:

  • UNIVERSAL – regardless of a States political, social, economical, or cultural systems
  • Applied EQUALLY – without discrimination
  • INTERRELATED and INDIVISIBLE – so that the improvement or deprivation of one affects all other rights
  • INALIENABLE – cannot be taken away


With rights come obligations and States are obligated to protect and uphold the rights of every human being.


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