Human Rights

The Situation

Human rights are basic rights and freedoms that all people are entitled to regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, language or other status.

human rightsHuman rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life, liberty and freedom of expression; and social, cultural and economic rights including the right to participate in culture, the right to food, and the right to work and receive an education.  Human rights are protected and upheld by international and national laws and treaties.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the foundation of the international system of protection for human rights. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10th, 1948.  This day is celebrated annually as International Human Rights Day. The 30 articles of the UDHR establish the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights of all people. It is a vision for human dignity that transcends political boundaries and authority, committing governments to uphold the fundamental rights of each person.  The UDHR helps guide Amnesty International’s work.

We also use these principles to help us define human rights and the issues we relentlessly fight for.

This short video will further explain what is meant by Human Rights.   

Resources & Downloads

“2016 Modern Slavery Index”

“Human Rights Defenders”

“Civil Society Space and the United Nations Human Rights System”

How to Follow Up on UN Human Rights Recommendations

How to Follow UN Human Rights Recommendations

A practical guide on how to follow up on United Nations human rights recommendations.

What is a Human Rights Treaty Body?

 An introduction to the work of the United Nations human rights treaty body.

What is a Human Rights Council?

 An introduction to the work of the United Nations human rights treaty body.

Social Protection: A Key to a Fair Society

Social security is a fundamental human right yet more than 75% of the world’s people have no or inadequate social protection. Denying this basic dignity constitutes extreme injustice by government leaders. It also fails to recognise that social protection is a strong pillar for democracy, social stability and economic development.

Report on social protection: Social Protection: A Key to a Fair Society

Making Human Rights Work for People Living in Extreme Poverty

Human-Rights

Making Human Rights Work for People Living in Extreme Poverty

A handbook for implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Amnesty International Report 2012

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Amnesty International Report 2012

The State Of The World’s Human Rights

The Rights of a Child – an Australian Perspective