The International Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 today. Happy Human Rights Day! Have you ever wondered why the international day of human rights is celebrated today?
In the historical context of 1948 –just three years after the end of World War II-, you can surely understand why establishing basic and universal rights as human beings was important to the international community and, why doing so was a big win for humanity and our future. Well in such a context, a couple of high mandatories –the United Nations- decided to hold a ‘small meeting’ in the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. In this meeting, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the famous Resolution 217 by which 48 of the members of the United Nations at that time, voted in favour of adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here you’ll find the most important human rights in the Declaration and how they relate to your student life:
(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
Enjoy the country you decide to call your home when studying abroad, wherever that may be! There’s no better way to say it: “enjoy the arts” and “share in scientific advancements” and their benefits: go out, get to know your new home, visit museums, play sports and enjoy a drink or two.
Photo credit to Felipe Iguaran.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
Moving to a new place, studying, making friends, getting familiar with your new surroundings and learning the local culture whilst enjoying yourself can be quite demanding; don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember that even though there’s a huge list of “things to get done” and “places to see”, you have the right to make some time for yourself to rest and to enjoy the holidays: especially since Christmas is just around the corner right?
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including its own, and to return to his country.
Everyone loves to travel, so this is a very important human right wouldn’t you say? Don’t be afraid to study abroad. While the idea of moving to a new place can be overwhelming, it is your right and privilege to move around, get to know the world and meet new cultures, make new friends, get lost in a new city and to study wherever you like!
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
While studying and living abroad, remember that, no matter what job you choose, you are entitled to demand legal and equal pay. There are many people out there that try to take advantage of good-hearted students and pretend that you work without obtaining proper pay, so don’t let yours be the case and: stand up for your right to work.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Last but not least, never forget that you have a fundamental and basic right to have a place to call your home. So, whether you decide to share a flat and get acquainted with new and interesting people from different cultures, or having an entire flat just for yourself, remember to use Uniplaces.
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Did you know how to relate human rights with your student life? If yes, share with us in the comments how do you do it.
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Felipe is a lawyer, world traveler and empiric writer who enjoys cooking and getting acquainted with new cultures.