Where do our human rights come from?

We are all born with human rights, but several important documents explain what they are and how they should be protected.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most important document outlining human rights. It was agreed upon by the United Nations in 1948, as a response to the terrible events of the Second World War.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights outlines the rights enjoyed by every human being regardless of gender, race, language, religion, politics, or wealth.

It recognises and protects the right to:

  • life, freedom and security;
  • justice;
  • own property;
  • have your own opinion about religion and politics;
  • say what you want;
  • associate with who you want;
  • marry who you want;
  • work where you want;
  • rest and relaxation;
  • education.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not a law itself. It is a statement of the world’s commitment to human rights. Many of its articles have been included in the laws of countries around the world.