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Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Children and Youth: The Declaration

Universal Declaration of Human Rights - two simplified texts

© Almira Abazova, 2017

 

 

The two versions of the Declaration below are provided as guides. Consult the original text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - adopted as General Assembly resolution A/RES/217(III), in pdf and html formats, or see the illustrated version (illustrations by Yacine Ait Kaci (YAK).

 

1. The text for children is taken from
 Compasito : manual on human rights education for children. Budapest: Council of Europe, 2007 / © Council of Europe

Illustrations by © Almira Abazova, 2017

 

2. The text in plain English is taken from
ABC: teaching human rights - practical activities for primary and secondary schools. 2nd ed.  New York, Geneva: UN, 2004 / United Nations Sales no. E.03.XIV.3, United Nations document HR/PUB/2004/2

1. The Declaration - child-friendly version. Source: "Compasito : manual on human rights education for children" / © Council of Europe.

Article 1

You are born free and equal in rights to every other human being. You have the ability to think and to tell right from wrong. You should treat others with friendship.

Article 2

You have all these human rights no matter what your race, skin colour, sex, language, religion, opinions, family background, social or economic status, birth or nationality.

Article 3

You have the right to live, to be free and to feel safe.

Article 4

Nobody has the right to treat you as a slave, and you should not make anyone your slave.

Article 5

Nobody has the right to torture, harm or humiliate you.

Article 6

You have a right to be accepted everywhere as a person according to law.

Article 7

You have a right to be protected and treated equally by the law without discrimination of any kind.

Article 8

If your legal rights are violated, you have the right to fair and capable judges to uphold your rights.

Article 9

Nobody has the right to arrest you, put you in prison or to force you out of your country without good reasons.

Article 10

If you are accused of a crime, you have the right to a fair and public hearing.

Article 11
 

1) You should be considered innocent until it can be proved in a fair trial that you are guilty.

2) You cannot be punished for doing something that was not considered a crime at the time you did it.

 

Article 12

You have the right to be protected if someone tries to harm your good name or enter your house, open your mail or bother you or your family without good reason.

Article 13
 

1) You have the right to come and go as you wish within your country.

2) You have the right to leave your country to go to another one, and you should be able to return to your country if you want.

 

Article 14
 

1) If someone threatens to hurt you, you have the right to go to another country and ask for protection as a refugee.

2) You lose this right if you have committed a serious crime.

 

Article 15
 

1) You have the right to belong to a country and have a nationality.

2) No one can take away your nationality without a good reason. You have a right to change your nationality if you wish.

 

Article 16
 

1) When you are legally old enough, you have the right to marry and have a family without any limitations based on your race, country or religion. Both partners have the same rights when they are married and also when they are separated.

2) Nobody should force you to marry.

3) The family is the basic unit of society, and government should protect it.

 

Article 17
 

1) You have the right to own things.

2) Nobody has the right to take these things from you without a good reason.

 

Article 18

You have the right to your own thoughts and to believe in any religion. You are free to practice your religion or beliefs and also to change them.

Article 19

You have the right to hold and express your own opinions. You should be able to share your opinions with others, including people from other countries, through any ways.

Article 20
 

1) You have the right to meet peacefully with other people.

2) No-one can force you to belong to a group.

 

Article 21
 

1) You have the right participate in your government, either by holding an office or by electing someone to represent you.

2) You and everyone has the right to serve your country.

3) Governments should be elected regularly by fair and secret voting.

 

Article 22

The society you live in should provide you with social security and the rights necessary for your dignity and development.

Article 23
 

1) You have the right to work, to choose your work and to work in good conditions.

2) People who do the same work should get the same pay.

3) You should be able to earn a salary that allows you to live and support your family.

4) All people who work have the right to join together in unions to defend their interests.

 

Article 24

You have the right to rest and free time. Your workday should not be too long, and you should be able to take regular paid holidays.

Article 25
 

1) You have the right to the things you and your family need to have a healthy and comfortable life, including food, clothing, housing, medical care and other social services. You have a right to help if you are out of work or unable to work.

2) Mothers and children should receive special care and help.

 

Article 26
 

1) You have the right to go to school. Primary schooling should be free and required. You should be able to learn a profession or continue your studies as far as you can.

2) At school, you should be able to develop all your talents and learn to respect others, whatever their race, religion or nationality.

3) Your parents should have a say in the kind of education you receive.

 

Article 27
 

1) You have the right to participate in the traditions and learning of your community, to enjoy the arts and to benefit from scientific progress.

2) If you are an artist, writer or scientist, your work should be protected and you should be able to benefit from it.

 

Article 28

You have a right to the kind of world where you and all people can enjoy these rights and freedoms.

Article 29
 

1) Your personality can only fully develop within your community, and you have responsibilities to that community.

2) The law should guarantee human rights. It should allow everyone to respect others and to be respected.

3) These rights and freedoms should support the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

 

Article 30

No person, group or government anywhere in the world should do anything to destroy these rights.

Article 1

 

 

 

You are born free and equal in rights to every other human being. You have the ability to think and to tell right from wrong. You should treat others with friendship.

Article 2

 

 

 

You have all these human rights no matter what your race, skin colour, sex, language, religion, opinions, family background, social or economic status, birth or nationality.

Article 3

 

 

 

 

 

You have the right to live, to be free and to feel safe.

Article 4

 

 

 

 

Nobody has the right to treat you as a slave, and you should not make anyone your slave.

Article 5

 

 

 

 

 

Nobody has the right to torture, harm or humiliate you.

Article 6

 

 

 

 

You have a right to be accepted everywhere as a person according to law.

Article 7

 

 

 

You have a right to be protected and treated equally by the law without discrimination of any kind.

Article 8

 

 

 

 

If your legal rights are violated, you have the right to fair and capable judges to uphold your rights.

Article 9

 

 

 

Nobody has the right to arrest you, put you in prison or to force you out of your country without good reasons.

Article 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are accused of a crime, you have the right to a fair and public hearing.

Article 11

 

 

 

1) You should be considered innocent until it can be proved in a fair trial that you are guilty.

2) You cannot be punished for doing something that was not considered a crime at the time you did it.

Article 12

 

 

 

You have the right to be protected if someone tries to harm your good name or enter your house, open your mail or bother you or your family without good reason.

Article 13

 

 

 

 

1) You have the right to come and go as you wish within your country.

2) You have the right to leave your country to go to another one, and you should be able to return to your country if you want.

Article 14

 

 

 

 

1) If someone threatens to hurt you, you have the right to go to another country and ask for protection as a refugee.

2) You lose this right if you have committed a serious crime.

Article 15

 

 

 

 

1) You have the right to belong to a country and have a nationality.

2) No one can take away your nationality without a good reason. You have a right to change your nationality if you wish.

Article 16

 

1) When you are legally old enough, you have the right to marry and have a family without any limitations based on your race, country or religion. Both partners have the same rights when they are married and also when they are separated.

2) Nobody should force you to marry.

3) The family is the basic unit of society, and government should protect it.

Article 17

 

 

 

 

1) You have the right to own things.

2) Nobody has the right to take these things from you without a good reason.

Article 18

 

 

 

 

You have the right to your own thoughts and to believe in any religion. You are free to practice your religion or beliefs and also to change them.

Article 19

 

 

 

 

You have the right to hold and express your own opinions. You should be able to share your opinions with others, including people from other countries, through any ways.

Article 20

 

 

 

1) You have the right to meet peacefully with other people.

2) No-one can force you to belong to a group.

Article 21

 

 

1) You have the right participate in your government, either by holding an office or by electing someone to represent you.

2) You and everyone has the right to serve your country.

3) Governments should be elected regularly by fair and secret voting.

Article 22

 

 

 

 

The society you live in should provide you with social security and the rights necessary for your dignity and development.

Article 23

 

 

1) You have the right to work, to choose your work and to work in good conditions.

2) People who do the same work should get the same pay.

3) You should be able to earn a salary that allows you to live and support your family.

4) All people who work have the right to join together in unions to defend their interests.

Article 24

 

 

 

 

You have the right to rest and free time. Your workday should not be too long, and you should be able to take regular paid holidays.

Article 25

 

 

1) You have the right to the things you and your family need to have a healthy and comfortable life, including food, clothing, housing, medical care and other social services. You have a right to help if you are out of work or unable to work.

2) Mothers and children should receive special care and help.

Article 26

 

1) You have the right to go to go to school. Primary schooling should be free and required. You should be able to learn a profession or continue your studies as far as you can.

2) At school, you should be able to develop all your talents and learn to respect others, whatever their race, religion or nationality.

3) Your parents should have a say in the kind of education you receive.

Article 27

 

 

 

1) You have the right to participate in the traditions and learning of your community, to enjoy the arts and to benefit from scientific progress.

2) If you are an artist, writer or scientist, your work should be protected and you should be able to benefit from it.

Article 28

 

 

 

 

You have a right to the kind of world where you and all people can enjoy these rights and freedoms.

Article 29

 

1) Your personality can only fully develop within your community, and you have responsibilities to that community.

2) The law should guarantee human rights. It should allow everyone to respect others and to be respected.

3) These rights and freedoms should support the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30

 

 

 

 

 

No person, group or government anywhere in the world should do anything to destroy these rights.

                                                                                                                             

2. The Declaration in plain English language. Source: "ABC: teaching human rights - practical activities for primary and secondary schools"

Article 1

When children are born, they are free and each should be treated in the same way. They have reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a friendly manner.

Article 2

Everyone can claim the following rights, despite

  • a different sex
  • a different skin colour
  • speaking a different language
  • thinking different things
  • believing in another religion
  • owning more or less
  • being born in another social group
  • coming from another country.

It also makes no difference whether the country you live in is independent or not.

 

Article 3

You have the right to live, and to live in freedom and safety

Article 4

Nobody has the right to treat you as his or her slave and you should not make anyone your slave.

Article 5

Nobody has the right to torture you.

Article 6

You should be legally protected in the same way everywhere, and like everyone else.

Article 7

The law is the same for everyone; it should be applied in the same way to all.

Article 8

You should be able to ask for legal help when the rights your country grants you are not respected.

Article 9

Nobody has the right to put you in prison, to keep you there, or to send you away from your country unjustly, or without a good reason.

Article 10

If you must go on trial this should be done in public. The people who try you should not let themselves be influenced by others.

Article 11

You should be considered innocent until it can be proved that you are guilty. If you are accused of a crime, you should always have the right to defend yourself. Nobody has the right to condemn you and punish you for something you have not done.

Article 12

You have the right to ask to be protected if someone tries to harm your good name, enter your house, open your letters, or bother you or your family without a good reason.

Article 13

You have the right to come and go as you wish within your country. You have the right to leave your country to go to another one; and you should be able to return to your country if you want.

Article 14

If someone hurts you, you have the right to go to another country and ask it to protect you. You lose this right if you have killed someone and if you yourself do not respect what is written here.

Article 15

You have the right to belong to a country and nobody can prevent you, without a good reason, from belonging to another country if you wish.

Article 16

As soon as a person is legally entitled, he or she has the right to marry and have a family. Neither the colour of your skin, nor the country you come from nor your religion should be impediments to doing this. Men and women have the same rights when they are married and also when they are separated. Nobody should force a person to marry. The Government of your country should protect your family and its members.

Article 17

You have the right to own things and nobody has the right to take these from you without a good reason.

Article 18

You have the right to profess your religion freely, to change it, and to practise it either on your own or with other people.

Article 19

You have the right to think what you want, and to say what you like, and nobody should forbid you from doing so. You should be able to share your ideas – also with people from any other country.

Article 20

You have the right to organize peaceful meetings or to take part in meetings in a peaceful way. It is wrong to force someone to belong to a group.

Article 21

You have the right to take part in your country’s political affairs either by belonging to the Government yourself of by choosing politicians who have the same ideas as you. Governments should be voted for regularly and voting should be secret. You should get a vote and all votes should be equal. You also have the same right to join the public service as anyone else.

Article 22

The society in which you live should help you to develop and to make the most of all the advantages (culture, work, social welfare) that are offered to you and to all the men and women in your country.

Article 23

You have the right to work, to be free to choose your work, and to get a salary that allows you to live and support your family. If a man and a woman do the same work, they should get the same pay. All people who work have the right to join together to defend their interests.

Article 24

Each work day should not be too long, since everyone has the right to rest and should be able to take regular paid holiday.

Article 25

You have the right to have whatever you need so that you and your family: do not fall ill; do not go hungry; have clothes and a house; and are helped if you are out of work, if you are ill, if you are old, if your wife or husband is dead, or if you do not earn a living for any other reason you cannot help. Both a mother who is going to have a baby and her baby should get special help. All children have the same rights, whether or not the mother is married.

Article 26

You have the right to go to school and everyone should go to school. Primary schooling should be free. You should be able to learn a profession or continue your studies as far as you wish. At school, you should be able to develop all your talents and you should be taught to get on with others, whatever their race, their religion or the country they come from. Your parents have the right to choose how and what you will be taught at school.

Article 27

You have the right to share in your community’s arts and sciences, and in any good they do. Your works as an artist, a writer or a scientist should be protected, and you should be able to benefit from them.

 

Article 28

To make sure that your rights will be respected, there must be an “order” that can protect them. This “order” should be local and worldwide.

Article 29

You have duties towards the community within which your personality can fully develop. The law should guarantee human rights. It should allow everyone to respect others and to be respected.

Article 30

No society and no human being in any part of the world should act in such a way as to destroy the rights that you have just been reading about.

Article 1

When children are born, they are free and each should be treated in the same way. They have reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a friendly manner.

Article 2

Everyone can claim the following rights, despite

  • a different sex
  • a different skin colour
  • speaking a different language
  • thinking different things
  • believing in another religion
  • owning more or less
  • being born in another social group
  • coming from another country.

It also makes no difference whether the country you live in is independent or not.

Article 3

You have the right to live, and to live in freedom and safety

Article 4

Nobody has the right to treat you as his or her slave and you should not make anyone your slave.

Article 5

Nobody has the right to torture you.

Article 6

You should be legally protected in the same way everywhere, and like everyone else.

Article 7

The law is the same for everyone; it should be applied in the same way to all.

Article 8

You should be able to ask for legal help when the rights your country grants you are not respected.

Article 9

Nobody has the right to put you in prison, to keep you there, or to send you away from your country unjustly, or without a good reason.

Article 10

If you must go on trial this should be done in public. The people who try you should not let themselves be influenced by others.

Article 11

You should be considered innocent until it can be proved that you are guilty. If you are accused of a crime, you should always have the right to defend yourself. Nobody has the right to condemn you and punish you for something you have not done.

Article 12

You have the right to ask to be protected if someone tries to harm your good name, enter your house, open your letters, or bother you or your family without a good reason.

Article 13

You have the right to come and go as you wish within your country. You have the right to leave your country to go to another one; and you should be able to return to your country if you want.

Article 14

If someone hurts you, you have the right to go to another country and ask it to protect you. You lose this right if you have killed someone and if you yourself do not respect what is written here.

Article 15

You have the right to belong to a country and nobody can prevent you, without a good reason, from belonging to another country if you wish.

Article 16

As soon as a person is legally entitled, he or she has the right to marry and have a family. Neither the colour of your skin, nor the country you come from nor your religion should be impediments to doing this. Men and women have the same rights when they are married and also when they are separated. Nobody should force a person to marry. The Government of your country should protect your family and its members.

Article 17

You have the right to own things and nobody has the right to take these from you without a good reason.

Article 18

You have the right to profess your religion freely, to change it, and to practise it either on your own or with other people.

Article 19

You have the right to think what you want, and to say what you like, and nobody should forbid you from doing so. You should be able to share your ideas – also with people from any other country.

Article 20

You have the right to organize peaceful meetings or to take part in meetings in a peaceful way. It is wrong to force someone to belong to a group.

Article 21

You have the right to take part in your country’s political affairs either by belonging to the Government yourself of by choosing politicians who have the same ideas as you. Governments should be voted for regularly and voting should be secret. You should get a vote and all votes should be equal. You also have the same right to join the public service as anyone else.

Article 22

The society in which you live should help you to develop and to make the most of all the advantages (culture, work, social welfare) that are offered to you and to all the men and women in your country.

Article 23

You have the right to work, to be free to choose your work, and to get a salary that allows you to live and support your family. If a man and a woman do the same work, they should get the same pay. All people who work have the right to join together to defend their interests.

Article 24

Each work day should not be too long, since everyone has the right to rest and should be able to take regular paid holiday.

Article 25

You have the right to have whatever you need so that you and your family: do not fall ill; do not go hungry; have clothes and a house; and are helped if you are out of work, if you are ill, if you are old, if your wife or husband is dead, or if you do not earn a living for any other reason you cannot help. Both a mother who is going to have a baby and her baby should get special help. All children have the same rights, whether or not the mother is married.

Article 26

You have the right to go to school and everyone should go to school. Primary schooling should be free. You should be able to learn a profession or continue your studies as far as you wish. At school, you should be able to develop all your talents and you should be taught to get on with others, whatever their race, their religion or the country they come from. Your parents have the right to choose how and what you will be taught at school.

Article 27

You have the right to share in your community’s arts and sciences, and in any good they do. Your works as an artist, a writer or a scientist should be protected, and you should be able to benefit from them.

Article 28

To make sure that your rights will be respected, there must be an “order” that can protect them. This “order” should be local and worldwide.

Article 29

You have duties towards the community within which your personality can fully develop. The law should guarantee human rights. It should allow everyone to respect others and to be respected.

Article 30

No society and no human being in any part of the world should act in such a way as to destroy the rights that you have just been reading about.