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Our Human Rights


The United Nations is an international organization that was established in 1945 to help keep world peace. It was established shortly after the end of World War II.

In 1948 a special United Nations commission, headed by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, wrote a special document which stated the rights that all people should have. This document is called the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

“Universal” means “of all the people in the world.”

A “declaration” is a formal announcement.

“Human rights” are the rights that each person has, simply because he or she is human.

The human rights are there to protect us and help us live in peace. For example, “the right to life” is a human right. Each and every one of us has the right to life, simply because we are human.

Another example is “the right to freedom of thought.” We all have the right to believe in what we want to believe, to have a religion, or to change it if we want.

Studying and knowing our human rights is as important today as it was after World War II. This is because when people don’t know their natural rights things such as injustice, discrimination, intolerance and slavery can happen.

The more aware people are to the United Nations Universal Declarat


We Are All Born Free and Equal


David lives in a small town with his family. The town is pretty ordinary. Everyone goes to school, everyone goes to work at the town’s factory, and no one asks any strange questions.

But David is different. He does not want to go to school. He wants to work and help his family. He does not want to work at the town’s factory, though. He wants to open his own store. And he always asks these strange questions about “why do you do this?” and “why don’t you do that?”

Everyone laughs at him and no one really takes him seriously. No one except his friend Orlando. Orlando looks at David as a person with his own thoughts and ideas. He treats him respectfully. Orlando likes David, even though they disagree.

Time goes by and David grows his business. His hard work and sharp mind pay off, and he now has a chain of stores. He is a wealthy man.

He rarely comes to visit his hometown. But when he does, there is one thing he always remembers. He always remembers his good friend Orlando, and their respectful friendship. And now that he can, he always helps him in times of need.


Don’t Discriminate


Abeni is looking for a job. She used to work as a secretary in her homeland, but now she is in a new country. She can speak the language perfectly, but her accent is very strong and very foreign. Abeny is afraid employers won’t want her because of it.

She tries hard to find a job. She reads all the ads and sends many resumes. She comes to the interviews and answers all the questions. Her manners are excellent. Her skills are the best. She behaves and looks very professional, but still, every time, someone else gets the job.

One day, Abeni gets to a place that she really likes. It is a big firm that takes care of car rentals. All the people there seem very nice. The manager seems very nice. Actually, everything seems very nice, but the minute she opens her mouth she feels like the manager does not want her.

At the end of the interview the manager says, “Okay, thank you.” Abeni feels like he is not going to call. “This is not fair!” she thinks, “I can be his best worker!”

She starts walking away when she realizes she must tell him what she thinks. She stops, turns around, opens her mouth to speak, and does not close it until everything is said clearly.


The Right to Life


Daniel is worried lately. Usually life is good for him. He owns a nice little shop where he sells souvenirs to tourists. He lives in a nice cottage with his wife and their three teenage kids. They have a dog and a cat. They have a backyard for barbeque. They host all the family gatherings, and his wife’s turkey is the best in the country. What can be better than that, right?

But lately not all is well. There are dark clouds in the sky. They talk about terror. They talk about war. Something may happen. The comfortable life as he knows them may be lost forever.

“War is not good,” he thinks. “War is bad for business. If there is war no tourists will come, and I won’t be able to sell my souvenirs. We will have no money.”

Then he thinks, “and war creates fear. People will be scared. Some will see no future.”

Then he thinks, “People will fight. People will die. Families will be broken. No, war is no good.”

Daniel talks to people about it. “We have the right to life!” he says, “we have the right to live in freedom and in safety!”

“What are you talking about?” people tell him. “War is a big deal. It is not up to you. It is up to the government. The government knows what to do. Only the government can decide what is best. And if the government says that there must be war, then it must be so.”

Daniel does not accept this. “But isn’t there a better solution? All wars end with agreements, can’t we do the agreements without the fighting? Can’t the government solve this peacefully? Isn’t that the reason we have a government in the first place?”

Daniel decides to speak to people in his government. He decides to write them and let them know what he thinks. He knows one opinion does not matter much, but he also knows that if everyone in his own country and on the other side would do this, there will probably be no more wars.

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