The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The UDHR is a cornerstone document in the history of human rights, as it is the first time that it was formally recognized that human rights are: (1) universal (everyone is born with and possesses the same rights, regardless of where they live, their gender or race, or their religious, cultural or ethnic background), (2) inalienable because people’s rights can never be taken away, and (3) indivisible, interdependent and interrelated (all rights – political, civil, social, cultural and economic – are equal in importance and none can be fully enjoyed without the others). Human Rights are upheld by the rule of law, and states and other duty-bearers are held accountable for protecting these rights.
- See also:
- Flower of Participation,Meaningful Youth Participation