Copyright CEMO - 2013
Know your rights
Human rights are not empty words
Human rights are equal to the understanding and mutual respect of human dignity, equality, freedom, mutual respect and understanding. They are important everywhere and for everyone, human rights are the same for all - male and female, young and old, rich and poor, able bodied and people with disability, regardless of our background, where we live, what we look like, what we think or what we believe.
Human rights help us to recognize and respect the fundamental worth in ourselves and in each other, they
help to build strong communities, based on equality and respect, in which every person has an opportunity to contribute.
Human rights are regulated by international treaties and covenants, the most important being the following documents:
1. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - www.un.org/en/documents/udhr
2. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr.htm
3. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cescr.htm
In the mirror of the above mentioned documents we can see that human rights are moving on a very wide spectrum and due to the fact that we do not know our rights we might not notice when we are witnessing a violation of human rights or when we are in a situation when our basic right is violated.
Why are human rights important for me?
If you consider important to have a relatively well functioning jurisdiction in your country, where most of the population can live above the poverty threshold, where its psychical and physical needs are fulfilled then human rights are important for you as well. Because human rights include these everyday commonalities and lack of human rights will result in the lack of everyday life security. And we cannot state that human rights are totally fulfilled in our countries, because if it would be so, then every person regardless of gender, faith and age would have the same opportunities and would not be discriminated because of his/her ethnical, racial belonging or his/her sexual orientation.
Know your rights and learn to live with them!