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Why we are doing this


Since its inception just over 50 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has developed into a family of international treaties, mechanisms and institutions. The persistent violation of human rights around the world means there is an increasing need for individuals to know their own rights and understand issues that affect them directly.

'I have a right to...' aims to fulfil these needs. The project is designed to assist people, make informed choices about their lives and participate in discussion and debate in regional, national and international arenas.

'I have a right to...' is BBC World Service's largest ever global education project, organised by the charitable arm, the BBC World Service Trust. 'I have a right to...' consists of radio programmes in 13 languages, awareness raising debates and events in participating countries and this website.

Committed to editorial independence and impartiality, BBC World Service is privileged to be in a unique position to reach millions of people with objective information about their own human rights and the rights of others around the globe.

'I have a right to...' aims to leave listeners with an increased understanding of human rights across the globe including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); an enhanced awareness of their own human rights as individual citizens; and an up to date picture of the involvement and position of their own country and region on human rights issues.

Radio series will be produced in English, Albanian, Serbian, Russian, Turkish, Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish for the Americas, Arabic, Hausa, Swahili and English for Africa with a potential audience of 125 million people listening in 13 different languages.

BBC World Service acknowledges financial support from the Human Rights Projects Fund of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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