Religion and Society - What rights do we have in the UK?


What are human rights?

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. 

By "human rights", we mean a freedom and entitlement to something in life.

After the human rights abuses in World War II, the United Nations (UN) drew up a declaration "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights" (1948). Some of the main points of the declaration are:

  • Right to equality
  • Right to life, freedom and personal security
  • Right to an education
  • Right to marriage and family
  • Freedom of believe and religion
  • Freedom of opinion and information

 The declaration is not the law in it's own right, but it affected largely the terms of the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights, which does have it's own legal status, as does the European Court of Human Justice set


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