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Understanding Human Rights
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Sydney | 2010 | 23 p.
Corporate author: 
Australian Human Rights Commission
Asia and the Pacific

Human rights are basic to humanity. They apply to all people everywhere. An understanding of human rights is an important part of our individual status as human beings and of our collective status as members of the global community of humankind.
To understand how human rights affect us in our daily lives and to acknowledge our responsibilities in recognising the need to balance those rights with the rights of others, we require an understanding of what human rights are.
So what are human rights? Where did they come from? How do they impact on humanity? How do they affect me?

Resource Type: 
Teaching and learning materials
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Human rights / Human dignity
Level of education: 
Primary education
Secondary education


Human rights education; Civic education