Human Rights plays a role in everyone’s life, but not everyone realizes it. Human rights are about recognising the value and self-respect of everyone. It is the about respect, fairness, justice and equality. It’s about standing up for our own rights and about our responsibility to respect the rights of others. The definition of human rights is:
“The basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, often held to include the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law.”
Human rights means being able to work where you’re qualified to work without your skin colour, race or religion being the reason you can’t; it means having the right to be human, that’s why it’s so important.
“Human rights are concerned with equality and fairness. They recognise our freedom to make choices
about our life and develop our potential as human beings. They are about living a life free from fear,
Harassment or discrimination.
There are a number of basic rights that people from around the world have agreed on, such as the
right to life, freedom from torture and other cruel and inhuman treatment, rights to a fair trial, free
Speech and freedom of religion, rights to health, education and an adequate standard of living.
These human rights are the same for all people everywhere – male and female, young and old, rich
and poor, regardless of our background, where we live, what we think or what we believe.”
“Values of tolerance, equality and respect can help reduce friction within society. Putting human rights
Ideas into practice can helps us create the kind of society we want to live in.”
The important link between human rights and the community is that human rights need a community and that communities need human rights. Community Development must respect, protect and realise human rights, and so it needs to be understood from a human rights perspective, just as human rights need to be understood from a community development perspective. Rights require some sort of community or Society. www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Documents/60UDHR/bookleten.pdf
“To develop a strong community we need to balance community rights and by doing so we need to recognise individuals rights.” The book, ‘Everyday people, everyday rights.’
Community workers can ensure that human rights are at the core of their practices by putting human rights into action and practicing them every day.
“Read the newspaper and get up to speed with some of the issues in your community, in
Australia or overseas
• Set up a human rights project or awareness campaign in your school or neighbourhood”
The values that we as community workers need to have included manners, humility, and...