The Universal Declaration of Human Rights… Is for All of Us

  • December 28, 2020
  • |Yuly Osorio
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On December 10 we celebrated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 after World War II. The Holocaust, and the destruction brought to the world during the second world war, showed that human rights are not always universally respected. The Human Rights nature is universal, no person should be denied basic rights. This principle is supported by the foundation of equality among all human beings.

What are human rights?

Here is the list of the 30 Human Rights articles included in the Declaration:

  • Article 1. Every human being is born free and with the same dignity and rights
  • Article 2. Every human being, regardless of sex, race, religion, or color, has the rights and freedoms set in the Declaration of Human Rights 
  • Article 3. Every human being has the right to life, liberty, and security
  • Article 4. No human being will be subject to slavery 
  • Article 5. No human being will be exposed to inhuman, humiliating, or torture treatment
  • Article 6. Every person is recognized as a legal personality
  • Article 7. Every individual is equal before the law
  • Article 8. Everyone has the right to appeal before national courts if their fundamental rights are violated
  • Article 9. No person shall be arbitrarily detained or exiled
  • Article 10. Everyone has the right to a fair and impartial trial 
  • Article 11. Everyone should be presumed innocent until proven guilty
  • Article 12. Every individual has the right to be protected by law against attacks on their honor, reputation, or interference in their private life
  • Article 13. Every individual has the right to free movement and choice of domicile 
  • Article 14. Everyone being persecuted has the right to seek protection in any territory
  • Article 15. All individuals have the right to a nationality 
  • Article 16. Everyone has the right to freely marry and form a family without losing their rights
  • Article 17. Every individual has the right to individual and collective property
  • Article 18. Everyone has the right to think freely and freely practice a religion
  • Article 19. Any person can give their opinion and express themselves freely
  • Article 20. People have the right to meet and associate freely
  • Article 21. Everyone has the right to vote and to participate in the government of their country
  • Article 22. Everyone has the right to social security
  • Article 23. Every individual has the right to work under equal conditions and to receive equal remuneration for the same work
  • Article 24. Every working person has the right to rest, to enjoy free time and to paid vacations
  • Article 25. Everyone has the right to a standard of living that guarantees their well-being
  • Article 26. The right to free education is for everyone
  • Article 27. Every citizen has the right to participate and enjoy the cultural life of their community and scientific progress 
  • Article 28. A social and international order must be established for these rights to become effective 
  • Article 29. Every individual has obligations towards society
  • Article 30. Nothing in the declaration may be interpreted to suppress rights or freedoms

“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” — Winston Churchill

The Human Rights listed in the declaration, talk about basic rights that many of us have the freedom to enjoy. However, looking at the current events and conflicts around the world and the pandemic, it is evident that these rights are being denied to human beings every day. And, the ones that enjoy these rights, are in danger of losing them. Now more than ever, our support for diversity, equality, and inclusion is fundamental. Not only because it represents progress, security, and freedom for all of us, but because it is the inherited right of every human being. Visit our DE&I webpage to read more about Quartz’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.


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