Article 2 These rights and
freedoms are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, no
matter what class, race, gender, nationality, religion or political
alignment; no matter what part of the world, country or family they are from.
Article 3 Everyone has the
right to live, the right to be free and the right to
Article 4 No one can be someone else's slave.
Article 5 No one shall be
subjected to torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment.
Article 6 The law must be the same for everyone, everywhere.
Article 7 The law must protect everyone.
Article 8 People have the
right to protection by the courts, so that their
rights are respected.
Article 9 People cannot be
arrested, held or sent away from their country for
Article 10 Everyone has the right to a fair trial.
Article 11 (1) People who are accused
of doing something wrong are to be thought
innocent until proven guilty. (2) No one can receive a big punishment for
a small crime.
Article 12 No one has the right
to interfere in other people's private
lives, families, homes or correspondence. No one can attack or lie about a
Article 13 (1) People have the
right of free movement within their country.
(2) People have the right to leave any country, even their own, and then
Article 14 (1) People have the
right to seek shelter and safety in other
countries without being told to go home. (2) People are denied this right when they
have broken the law.
Article 15 (1) Everyone has the
right to belong to a nation. (2) No person
or people shall have their nationality taken away from them. Everyone
also has the right to change their nationality, if they want to.
Article 16 (1) All men and women,
no matter what race, religion, or nationality,
have the right to get married and start a family as equal partners once
they have reached a certain age. (2) A man and a woman can get
married only if they both agree, and both have equal rights in the marriage.
(3) The family is a natural and important part of society and should be
protected by the law.
Article 17 (1) Everyone has the
right to own property, alone and with others.
(2) Anything that belongs to a person cannot be taken away from them
unless there is a fair reason.
Article 18 People have the right
to their own beliefs and to practice their own
religion and beliefs in private or in public, alone or with others.
Article 19 Everyone has the right
to think the way they like and to share their
thoughts openly with others.
Article 20 (1) All people have
the right to meet together and to form groups.
(2) No one can be forced into a group if he or she does not want to join.
Article 21 (1) Everyone has the
right to participate in their government.
(2) Everyone has equal access to serve in any position in the government of
their country. (3) A government's authority comes from the will of the
people. The government must hold regular elections and everyone has the
right to vote.
Article 22 People's money, reputation,
and identity are to be protected by
Article 23 (1) Everyone has the
right to work. People have the right to
choose their job. Everyone has the right to good working conditions and protection
against unemployment. (2) Everyone has the right to equal pay for equal
work (3) People should earn enough to keep themselves and their
families healthy, to give them enough food to eat and enough clothes to
wear, somewhere to live, and medical attention when they are ill.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and join trade unions.
Article 24 Everyone has the right
to rest. They should have a limited number of
working hours and should be paid while they are on holiday.
Article 25 (1) Everyone has the
right to necessary food, clothing, housing,
medical care and social services. Everyone has the right to economic security
during unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, or old age.
(2) Mothers and children have the right to special care and assistance.
All children have the same rights, whether their parents are married or not.
Article 26 (1) Everyone has the
right to go to school and school must be free.
Everyone should have access to technical and professional education.
Education should emphasize understanding, tolerance and friendship
among all nations, races and religious groups. Education should support
the United Nations work to maintain peace. (2) Education should allow
us to grow as much as possible and respect human rights and freedom.
(3) Parents can choose where their children will go to school.
Article 27 (1) Everyone has the
right to participate in the cultural expression of
their community and to enjoy its art, literature, the benefits of science.
(2) Everyone is protected from those who might copy or steal their ideas.
Article 28 Everyone has the right
to live in a world where this document
will be followed.
Article 29 (1) Everyone is responsible
to the community in which they live.
(2) Laws are established to protect everyone's human rights. (3) People
cannot use their freedom to violate the human rights of others.
Article 30 Nothing that is written
in this document may be used to justify
taking away the rights and freedoms set out in this declaration.
*Article 25 - Special assistance is not defined, but could mean economic,
such as: maternity leave or day care.
In 1948, this declaration was approved.
However, not everyone knows of or respects this
document. It is important that it be read and taught in
schools everywhere, all over the world.
An adaptation by Peace At Home, Inc.