What are human rights?

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  • Human rights have been described as all the things we are entitled to be, to do or to have simply because we are human.
  • Human rights describe how we instinctively expect to be treated as persons.
  • Human rights define what we are all entitled to — a life of equality, dignity, and respect.
  • A life free from discrimination.
  • You do not have to earn your human rights. You are born with them. It’s the same for every man, woman and child on earth.
  • Nobody can give them to you. But they can be taken away.
  • This is why countries have human rights laws to make sure that people and governments are held accountable if your human rights are not respected. In Canada, your human rights are protected by provincial, territorial, federal and international laws.


Chapter1: What are human rights?