Exclusion - Know Your Rights!

22 July 2010

Rights are the key for people to break out of the poverty trap. Put simply, respect for human rights demands inclusion, demands that everyone gets a say, demands that those in power protect people from threats to their security.

Members of the Yakye Axa and Sawhoyamaxa indigenous communities march to Congress to deliver signatures of support from around the world, Paraguay, 31 March 2009.

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“We all, as members of society, have the right to realize the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for our dignity”  There are specific rights we all have to do with not being excluded from society or discriminated against.

OUR RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM DISCRIMINATION
The right to enjoy human rights without discrimination is a fundamental principle underlying international human rights law. International law prohibits discrimination on a broad range of factors, including race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, language, national or social origin, ethnicity or Indigenous or other status.

OUR RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN DECISION-MAKING
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights guarantees the right of every citizen to take part in the conduct of public affairs. The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has stressed that the right to participation must be an integral part of government policies, programmes and strategies. In order for active participation to be meaningful, states must also fulfil a number of other rights and duties, including the rights to freedom of expression and association, and the duty to ensure the conditions in which human rights defenders can carry out their work.

OUR RIGHT TO EDUCATION
All of us have the right to access education, and attending primary school should be both compulsory and free of charge.
This was outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26, and has been reiterated in countless laws and treaties since around the world.

OUR RIGHT TO FOOD
The right to food protects the right of all of us – whatever our race or gender, wherever we were born – to be free from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. It is recognized in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), as well as many other international and national instruments and constitutions.

 


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