Rightfully Yours: What Are My Rights and How Are They Protected?

Rightfully Yours: What Are My Rights and How Are They Protected?

Just to clarify things right from the beginning, this is no manual on how to claim compensation for lost baggage. It also isn’t about your rights as an employee, or about your rights as a UK citizen compared to another country. If we were to go into that much detail, then you and I would

859492893_181dc5ac69_oJust to clarify things right from the beginning, this is no manual on how to claim compensation for lost baggage. It also isn’t about your rights as an employee, or about your rights as a UK citizen compared to another country. If we were to go into that much detail, then you and I would probably have to spend the rest of our lives together. Instead, this is a short explanation of your rights as a human being.

In 1948, as a reaction to the experiences of the Second World War, the United Nations Generally Assembly adopted a declaration called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). “This was the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled”. This declaration consists of 30 articles like:

  • “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
  • “Everybody has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”
  • “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude”.
  • “Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.”

Whilst it is not a treaty itself it forms part of customary international law. Moreover, regardless of whether the constitution (the body of law) is codified (a written document) or established through tradition (eg. UK), your country has to respect those principles as part of the United Nations membership.

Now to something more solid: The Human Rights Act

This act is a law that was passed in 1998 and “means that you can defend your rights in the UK courts and that public organisations (including the Government, the Police and local councils) must treat everyone equally, with fairness, dignity and respect. These rights are very similar to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but are actually based on the articles of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Curious about the rest of the articles not mentioned here?

Then visit: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/ for the UN version or https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/human-rights/what-are-human-rights/human-rights-act for the UK version

Now, if some of these articles surprise you, or you have something to say about this topic, then why not get in touch with jonny@politicsmadepublic and write an article for our The Conversation series?

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