UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Kids╠ Version

By Little House Alternative Schools

Dorchester, Massachusetts

Article 1

All human beings are born free and equal. You are worth the same, and have the same rights as anyone else. You are born with the ability to think and to know right from wrong, and should act toward others in a spirit of friendliness.

Article 2

Everyone should have all the rights and freedoms in this statement, no matter what race, sex, or color he or she may be. It shouldn╠t matter where you were born, what language you speak, what religion you are, what political opinions you have, or whether you╠re rich or poor. Everyone should have all of the rights in this statement.

Article 3

Everyone has the right to live, to be free, and to feel safe.

Article 4

No one should be held in slavery for any reason. The buying and selling of human beings should be prevented at all times.

Article 5

No one shall be put through torture, or any other treatment or punishment that is cruel, or makes him or her feel less than human.

Article 6

Everyone has the right to be accepted everywhere as a person, according to law.

Article 7

You have the right to be treated equally by the law, and to have the same protection under the law as anyone else. Everyone should have protection from being treated in ways that go against this document, and from having anyone cause others to go against the rights in this document.

Article 8

If your rights under the law are violated, you should have the right to fair and skillful judges who will see that justice is done.

Article 9

No one shall be arrested, held in jail, or thrown and kept out of her or his own country for no good reason.

Article 10

You have the same right as anyone else to a fair and public hearing by courts that will be open-minded and free to make their own decisions if you are ever accused of breaking the law, or if you have to go to court for some other reason.

Article 11

1) If you are blamed for a crime, you have the right to be thought of as innocent until you are proven guilty, according to the law, in a fair and public trial where you have the basic things you need to defend yourself.

2) No one shall be punished for anything that was not illegal when it happened. Nor can anyone be given a greater punishment than the one that applied when the crime was committed.

Article 12

No one has the right to butt-in to your privacy, home, or mail, or attack your honesty and self-respect for no good reason. Everyone has the right to have the law protect him or her against all such meddling or attacks.

Article 13

1) Within any country you have the right to go and live where you want.

2) You have the right to leave any country, including your own, and return to it when you want.

Article 14

1) Everyone has the right to seek shelter from harassment in another country.

2) This right does not apply in cases where the person has done something against the law that has nothing to do with politics, or when she or he has done something that is against what the United Nations is all about.

Article 15

1) You have a right to a country where you╠re from.

2) No one should be able to take you away from, or stop you from changing your country for no good reason.

Article 16

1) Grown men and women have the right to marry and start a family, without anyone trying to stop them or make it hard because of their race, country, or religion. Both partners have equal rights in getting married, during the marriage, and if and when they decide to end it.

2) A marriage shall take place only with the agreement of the couple.

3) The family is the basic part of society, and should be protected by it.

Article 17

1) Everyone has the right to have belongings that they can keep alone, or share with other people.

2) No one has the right to take your things away from you for no good reason.

Article 18

You have the right to believe the things you want to believe, to have ideas about right and wrong, and to believe in any religion you want. This includes the right to change your religion if you want, and to practice it without anybody interfering.

Article 19

You have the right to tell people how you feel about things without being told that you have to keep quiet. You have the right to read the newspaper or listen to the radio without someone trying to stop you, no matter where you live. Finally, you have the right to print your opinions in a newspaper or magazine, and send them anywhere without having someone try to stop you.

Article 20

1) You have the right to gather peacefully with people, and to be with anyone you want.

2) No one can force you to join or belong to any group.

Article 21

1) You have the right to be part of your government by being in it, or choosing the people who are in fair elections.

2) Everyone has the right to serve her or his country in some way.

3) The first job of any government is to do what its people want it to do. This means you have the right to have elections every so often, where each person╠s vote counts the same, and where everyone╠s vote is his or her own business.

Article 22

Everyone, as a person on this planet, has the right to have her or his basic needs met, and should have whatever it takes to live with pride, and become the person he or she wants to be. Every country or group of countries should do everything they possibly can to make this happen.

Article 23

1) You have the right to work and to choose your job, to have fair and safe working conditions, and to be protected against not having work.

2) You have the right to the same pay as anyone else who does the same work, without anyone playing favorites.

3) You have the right to decent pay so that you and your family can get by with pride. That means that if you don╠t get paid enough to do that, you should get other kinds of help.

4) You have the right to form or be part of a union that will serve and protect your interests.

Article 24

Everyone has the right to rest and relaxation, which includes limiting the number of hours he or she has to work, and allowing for holidays with pay once in a while.

Article 25

You have the right to have what you need to live a decent life, including food, clothes, a home, and medical care for you and your family. You have the right to get help from society if you╠re sick or unable to work, if you╠re older or a widow, or if you╠re in any other kind of situation that keeps you from working through no fault of your own.

Article 26

1) Everyone has the right to an education. It should be free of charge, and should be required for all, at least in the early years. Later education for jobs and college has to be there for anyone who wants it and is able to do it.

2) The idea of education is to help people become the best they can be. It should teach them to respect and understand each other, and to be kind to everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from. Education should help to promote the activities of the United Nations in an effort to create a peaceful world.

Article 27

1) You have the right to join in and be part of the world of art, music, and books. You have the right to enjoy the arts, and to share in the advantages that come from new discoveries in the sciences.

2) You have the right to get the credit and any profit that comes from something that you have written, made, or discovered.

Article 28

Everyone has the right to the kind of world where their rights and freedoms, such as the ones in this statement, are respected and made to happen.

Article 29

1) You have a responsibility to the place you live and the people around you█we all do. Only by watching out for each other can we each become our individual best.

2) In order to be free, there have to be laws and limits that respect everyone╠s rights, meet our sense of right and wrong, and keep the peace in a world where we all play an active part.

3) Nobody should use her or his freedom to go against what the United Nations is all about.

Article 30

There is nothing in this statement that says that anybody has the right to do anything that would weaken or take away these rights.

 

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