What are Human Rights?

Human Rights are basic conditions and resources that people need to live with dignity and to enjoy their full fundamental freedom. All people, including all people with disabilities, have human rights. All people have these rights because they are human and so no one can take these rights away. Even if your government, community, or family tries to stop you from claiming your rights, you still have them.

Human rights recognize that everyone is equally entitled to live with dignity. They pertain equally to all people no matter their age, sex, race, nationality, or disability. Human rights apply equally to men and women with disabilities. They apply equally to people with all types of disabilities, including physical, psycho-social, and intellectual disabilities. Children with disabilities also have human rights. 

Human rights include civil, political, social, cultural, and economic rights, for example, the right to be free from discrimination, and the right to education.

Read an article on Disability Human Rights by Michael Stein (2007)

What is a Convention?

A human rights convention is a written agreement between countries that recognizes the human rights that all people possess. Human rights conventions either apply to all people, groups of people such as children, or address specific issues. Another name for a convention is a treaty.

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