We all have rights! Human rights are a set of standards (sort of like rules) that tell you what you are entitled to. They recognize and protect the dignity of human beings. They guide how people live in society and with each other. They also define the relationship individuals have with governments and the responsibilities that governments have towards individuals. Human rights law obligates governments to do some things and prevents them from doing others. Individuals also have responsibilities in exercising their rights – they must respect the rights of others in doing so. No individual, group or government has the right to do anything that violates another’s rights.
Human rights are:
When all of our rights are fully recognized and respected, we can reach our fullest potential (to be the best we can be).
Knowing and understanding your rights is important so you are aware of what you are entitled to. Here are some of your rights as a child or youth:
To learn more about your rights, click on the links on this page, or call our office to talk to one of our Regional Advocates.