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    What are rights and responsibilities?

    • We have rights, which we get from laws, and we also have responsibilities. Responsibilities can be legal (for example, to pay taxes and obey other laws) or they can be moral.

    • Something that is moral is the correct thing to do, though we are not always forced to do it by law. An example would be not dropping your empty crisp packet on the pavement. No one will arrest you for chucking it on the ground, but the street and the community would look a lot better if you didn't.

    • If someone has the right to free speech, then you have the responsibility not to shut them up (and so take away their right).

    • If you have the right to education, someone has the responsibility to provide it for you and you have the responsibility not to disrupt lessons and prevent your classmates from their right to education.

    • Wherever there are rights, responsibilities also exist otherwise no one would be able to receive their rights. It's about balance.

    Your rights

    After the terrible things that happened during the Second World War, the United Nations decided to make a list of rights that everybody on the planet should have, no matter where they are from, what colour or religion they are. Everyone is equal.

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is generally agreed to be a standard for all people in the world to live by. It is also the basis for other human rights legislation, such as the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the rights of the child.

    In the UK the Human Rights Act came into effect in 2000.

    At various ages the law gives you the right to do certain things.

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