Today is Human Rights Day. It is celebrated every year throughout the world. It is a day established by U.N. to grant(?) everybody basic human rights.
Rights are given to us at birth; it is not a privilege. A privilege can be taken away from you, but a right it’s yours from the moment of your birth.
Below are your human rights:
1. We are all born free and equal.
2. We have a right not to be discriminated against.
3. The right to life and to live in freedom and safety.
4. No one has the right to enslave you.
5. No torture. No one has the right to torture you.
6. You have human rights no matter where you live. No one has the right to take them away from you.
7. We’re all equal before the Law. The Law must treat everyone fairly.
8. Your Human Rights are protected by Law.
9. You have the right to unfair detainment. No one can put you in prison without good reason, or to send you away from your country.
10. You have the right to a trial. The trial should be in a public place.
11. We’re all innocent until proven guilty.
12. Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters, or bother us or our family without a good reason.
13. We have the freedom to move where we want anywhere in our country, and travel as we wish.
14. We have a right to find a safe place to live.
15. We have a right to nationality. We have the right to belong to a country.
16. We have a right to marriage and family. Every adult has the right to marry and have a family.
17. We have the right to own things, and share them.
18. We have freedom of thought. We all have the right to believe what we want.
19. We have the right to make up our own minds.
20. We have the right to public assembly, and to gather with others to protect our human rights.
21. We have the right to democracy. We have the right to take part in the government of our country, and allowed to choose our own leaders.
22. We have the right to affordable housing, medicine, education, child care, and medical care if we’re old or ill.
23. We have the right to workers’ rights; right to a job at a fair wage, and to join a trade union.
24. We have the right to play – the right to rest from work and to relax.
25. Right to food and shelter.
26. Right to education.
27. We have a right to copyright one’s artistic creations and writing; others can’t copy without permission.
28. We have a right to a fair and free world.
29. We all have the right of responsibility. We have a duty to help those less fortunate.
30. No one can take away your human rights.
Now, targets, I’m sure as you read your rights, you’ll see that a lot of our rights are non-existent. The government has done a good job of doing away with our human rights.
Should we celebrate Human Rights Day?
I say, what for? We hardly have Human Rights, so why bother?
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- Photos: Human Rights Day 2012 (photos.mercurynews.com)