A million years ago somebody wrote something about the “inalienable rights of humans”, meaning that there are just certain things that everyone should be able to experience, do and have in their lives. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first international statement to use the term “human rights”, and has been adopted by the Human Rights movement as a charter. It is short, and worth reading in its entirety — a summary would be about as long as the document itself. The European Convention on Human Rights is the first international document that gives individuals the right to take governments to court based on human rights abuses. Human rights in the United States are protected by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the United States judicial system.
- Protect young peoples’ access to particular things like food, clothes, shelter, education, etc. These are usually called provision rights.
- Make sure that young people are safe from abuses, including physical, mental, and psychological abuse. These are protection rights.
- Give young people the opportunity to make, direct, evaluate and critique decisions that affect them throughout society. These are participation rights.