“Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble
and beautiful end of a human being.”
– Kahlil Gibran
Human Rights & Dignity
Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture,
freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more.
Everyone is entitled to these rights without discrimination. The Universal Declaration
of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, upholds that all human beings are born free and
equal; everyone has the right to a life of dignity.
Across the world, millions of children, women and men are treated unequally because
of their nationality, race, religion, gender, age, disability or HIV status. Fuelled by
myths, fears, ignorance and prejudice, discrimination continues to scar our societies.
It is immoral, hurtful and dehumanising; and is a violation of human rights.
The Cyrus Cylinder is believed to be the first human rights treaty. It is created by Cyrus the Great of the Achaemenid Persian Empire (ancient Iran).
Change starts with YOUth
If we are to achieve the dream of a just world, we must continue to confront
inequality and intolerance wherever they are found. Speak up when something
is wrong; raise awareness; support people who have been discriminated against;
and promote the benefits of diversity. By joining our voices together,
we can celebrate the dignity and rights of every child, woman and man.