What are Human Rights?

Human Rights are universal , which means that they belong to all people by reason of their dignity as human beings;

Human Rights are indivisible as there is no hierarchy of the rights;

Human Rights are therefore interrelated and interconnected.

What does it really mean?

Example: Mary* as a human being has the absolute right to be free from discrimination, which means that she should be given the same equal opportunities as everyone else in society. This in turn affects her right to get an education, and her right to find and obtain work. Mary’s right to work affects her livelihood, as it is through work that she acquires the means to pay for her basic needs such as food and shelter. By ensuring that Mary has her basic necessities for survival, Mary’s right to life is protected.

This means that all human rights are important, as they create a ripple effect that can impact an individual’s life.

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