BBC World Service
I have a right to...

World Learning - Programme 1

In World Learning's 'I have a right to... ' series, we look at Human Rights in an ever more complex world.

The United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an expression of principles but it is not a binding document.

It was always recognised that there would need to be legally-binding Conventions, Treaties and Agreements. This Series explores some of those which have become particularly relevant after September 11.

In the first programme of the World Learning 'I have a right to' series, Dan Damon focuses on our economic and social rights.

Are these rights as important as those civil and political liberties - like the freedom of speech - more usually championed by western governments and NGOs?

Can governments - should governments - be made to guarantee a minimum standard of living?