HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS
AROUND THE WORLD
ARTICLES 1-5 OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Article I: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Article 4: No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe who perform research and provide analysis on global, regional, national, and local levels. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries mixing a historical perspective with current events.
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Human rights, security and development constitute the three pillars of the United Nations. The OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (OHCHR) is the leading United Nations entity for human rights. As established by the General Assembly in 1993, the mandate of the Office is “the promotion and protection of all human rights for all” (resolution 48/141). In pursuing this goal, the Human Rights Office assists those responsible for upholding human rights (duty-bearers) to fulfil their obligations under international human rights law and seeks to empower people (rights-holders) to claim their rights.
OHCHR THEMATIC PRIORITIES
Human Rights Issues Listed by OHCHR
NORTH AFRICA AND SOUTHWESTERN AFRICA
EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN