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About the BBC World Service Trust Project

"I have a right to..." is a global education project, developed by the BBC World Service Trust.

The continuing 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.

The World Service's "I have a right to..." project aims to fulfill these needs. It is designed to assist people to make informed choices about their lives and participate in discussion and debate.

It consists of radio programmes, produced by 25 language services, international awareness-raising events, debates and an acclaimed website, entitled "I have a right to..."

The website, which was launched in October 2000, acts as a global hub for information about human rights.

We are grateful for the financial support of the Human Rights Projects Fund of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which has made this project possible.

Radio Programmes

The first programmes in English were broadcast in October 2000.

From January 2001, listeners to BBC World Service language services began hearing programmes recorded in their regions about issues of importance to them.

The completion of these transmissions will coincide with the United Nations human rights day on 10 December, 2002.

Since 2001, World Service producers have traveled the world over. They have visited the refugee camps of Angola, the mountain villages of Bangladesh, remote regions of Uzbekistan and war-ravaged Sri Lanka, and have spoken to Taleban prisoners held in Pakistan.

Their programmes highlight not only human rights violations but also bring to the fore examples where change and progress are being made.

They leave listeners with an increased understanding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and an enhanced awareness of their own rights as individuals.

International Events on the Radio

"I have a right to..." also features a series of broadcast events, from mock-trials to high profile debates, in Kenya, India, Mexico, Nigeria and Russia.

These events were organised directly with local partners drawn from non-governmental organisations, community based groups, human rights commissions, academic institutions, individuals and media agencies.

Case Studies and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the Website

In this section, we've simplified the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). There are 30 rights contained in the Declaration and all rights are equal to each other. It is the duty of governments to protect and promote them.

You will find case studies, from around the world, which highlight each individual right.

Each case study included in this website aims to highlight the human impact of the Declaration and, in most cases, the resulting positive action.

Reporters Stories

A unique aspect of the "I have a right to..." project has been working with the various producers of the World Service language services.

In the website's Meet the Reporters' section, 12 reporters offer their insight into the human rights situation in their part of the world, the progress that is being made, and the individuals and organisations that are making a difference.

Treaties and Agreements on the Website

In the Treaties section, "I have a right to..." offers a simple-to-understand guide to the major international human rights treaties, including those on Women, Racial Discrimination, Children and Torture.

It explains how these treaties came about, what they say and which countries have ratified them.

It features information on the Vienna Declaration and why it's important. There are also sections on the UN Human Rights Commission, regional arrangements in Africa, Europe and the Americas and the International Criminal Court.


Committed to editorial independence and impartiality, BBC World Service is in a unique position to reach millions of people with information about the rights of individuals around the globe.

Since its inception just over 50 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has developed into a family of international treaties, mechanisms and institutions.

The UDHR has not created a world that guarantees human rights, but it has created a climate where communities all over the world have embraced a set of principles to act as a yardstick to measure progress.

The BBC World Service Trust's "I have a right to..." project has established itself as an effective means to communicate that progress, raise questions and benefit from the testimony of others.