WHAT ARE HUMAN RIGHTS?

According to the United Nations, Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status.  They include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more.  Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination.

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A couple+ weeks ago several #YALISERVES Events were held in different countries across Africa. Mostly in commemoration of what we call ‘the MANDELA DAY’, a day celebrated in honor of the late Nelson Mandela’s birthday each year, #YALIServes encourages all members of the YALI Network to volunteer

In Gayaza Kampala, this YALI SERVES EVENT  was hosted by the Redemption Youth Initiative where YALI Fellows, Human Rights Activists, Lawyers, Humanitarians, representatives from SOMESA Uganda, ACTV along with the Salaama Ghetto Youths came sat in a round table form of gathering to discuss Human Rights. Why?

It is easy for a lot of us to think we are okay yet in actual sense, we have no slightest awareness of what our human rights are. I was more than happy to be a #YALISERVES volunteer in attendance as this discussion revealed that it is easy to abuse the rights of self or another. – Lunkuse Betty Ssekirevu (Author -www.lunkuse.com)

Previously in Uganda, the country has also experienced a wave of torture and abuse among youth and politicians, imparted by the police, where the arresting/police abused the arrested party and held them negligently under the excuse of ‘order from above’. Read the analysis: Police on torture’HERE

Author-selfie with Rosette(left) from Somesa Uganda

It was therefore very refreshing listening to these qualms of the Ghetto youths especially as they stand bigger chances of abuse if compared to other persons in non-slum areas. Here’s briefly the rights we discussed;

  1.  We Are All Born Free & Equal
  2. Don’t Discriminate
  3. The Right to Life
  4. No Slavery
  5. No Torture
  6. You have rights No Matter Where You Go
  7. We’re All Equal Before The Law
  8. Your Human Rights Are Protected By Law
  9. No Unfair Detainment
  10. The Right to Trial
  11. We are always innocent till proven guilty
  12. The Right To Privacy
  13. Freedom To Move
  14. The Right To Seek A Safe Place To Live
  15. Right To Nationality
  16. Marriage And Family
  17. The Right To Your Own Things
  18. Freedom Of Thought
  19. Freedom Of Expression
  20. The Right To Public Assembly
  21. The Right To Democracy
  22. The Right To Social Security
  23. Worker’s Rights
  24. The Right To Play
  25. Food And Shelter For All
  26. The Right To Education
  27. Right To Copyright
  28. A Fair And Free World
  29. Responsibility
  30. No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights. Visit Post from NEW VISION here
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Also, watch another video on Human Rights from youtube here!

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