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Human Rights - The Basics

There's lots of ways to start learning about what Human Rights really are - and that's the key phrase, what Human Rights really are, because if there's one thing we know, there's more opportunity out there to learn what they are not than what they are.  Misinformation is rife - a quick read through the UK's tabloid press would give the impression that Human Rights are only there to protect foreign criminals from extradtion from the UK a To learn about Human Rights  find out more on this page.

We are building up the resources and links on these pages to include our our publications and also links to Human Rights and Values sites that will support your journey.   What we won't do is give you only one view of a particular issue, because in many cases, there are many different interpretations.

Human Rights are simple.  

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

    • We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination.

    • Human Rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

    • Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary international law , general principles and other sources of international law.

    • International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.

 Adapted from website the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

 Here's a quick introduction to our thinking and about who we are and what we do:                                                                                                                                                                                                         

RRLogo Square Human Rights as Global Values 
 RRLogo Square  Human Rights Education and Human Rights Based Approaches
 RRLogo Square  Human Rights for Global Learning 

Human Rights - Declarations and Conventions

Eleanor Roosevelt and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Spanish 09 2456M originalEleanor Roosevelt and the UDHR in 1948

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Human Rights Action Centre)

What are Fundamental Human Rights? (TED-Ed)


Some useful web links about Human Rights

 About Human Rights:

Human Rights Education Association:  a short video providing an introduction to Human Rights Education:

 A short history of the evolution of Human Rights from Medieval times:

 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR):

 The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

 UN Business Compact:

For futher consideration of the UN Business Compact, this is a panel discussion of book about its development led by John Ruggie for UN:

 Human Rights Glossary:


The Rights Respecting Use of the Internet Schools Project

(Click on each link to download)

Introduction: About this Pack

The Project Leaders Pack

Appendix 1: The Introductory Script

Appendix 2: Internet Safety Activity Cards (You will need to download each of these sets of cards):  

Set 1 Set  2  Set 3   Set 4   Set 5

Appendix 3: A Guide to writing a School Charter for the Rights Respecting use of the Internet

Appendix 4: Example of a School Charter for the Rights Respecting use of the Internet

Appendix 5: A Rights Respecting Learning Walk

 EU Kids online

 Evaluating impact of Human Rights based interventions in Healthcare (2012).

Alice Donald London Metropolitan University and references.


Human Rights in a Health Care Setting: Making it Work for Everyone (2012)

Scottish Human Rights Commission


United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime