PREAMBLE + ARTICLES 1 – 5
If everyone recognizes the essential dignity and worth of all human beings, and if everyone recognizes that all human beings have the same basic, equal rights, then this will lead to freedom, justice and peace in the world.
Disrespect for human rights has led to horrific acts that have outraged people across the world. We all want a world where people can enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want. If these rights are made law, then people will be protected from tyranny and oppression. It is important that people understand these rights and freedoms as will lead to a better, fairer standard of life for everyone. We have dedicated ourselves to promote universal respect for these rights.
We see the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common goal for all people and nations. Every individual and every organ of society should try by teaching and education to promote respect for rights and freedoms. Both individuals and government should try their best to make sure that these rights are fully respected both in their own country and across the world.
THE ARTICLES: UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’ when we are born, we are free and each of us should be treated in the same way. We have reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a friendly manner.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedom set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind’ These rights belong to everybody, whether we are rich or poor, whatever country we live in, whatever sex or whatever colour we are, whatever language we speak, whatever social group we come from, whatever we think, or whatever we believe.
‘Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person’ we all have the right to live, and to live in freedom and safety.
‘No one shall be held in slavery or servitude. Slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms’ Nobody has the right to treat anyone else as their slave, and we cannot make anyone our slave.
‘No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment’ nobody has the right to hurt us or to torture us.